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    Four critical power grid issues

    Market-shifts, technological innovation, and cleanenergy policies are driving a fundamental transformation of the U.S. power sector. Our new proceedings describes four critical grid issues in the Midwest.

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  • Electricity Industry's Future
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    Electricity Industry's Future

    A new study in the journal Energy Economics by our own Martin Ross examines how changes in market trends and technology costs are likely to affect electricity generation in the United States in the context of possible future carbon taxes.

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    Fall 2018 Courses

    Registering for classes? Nicholas Institute staff lead courses on topics such as climate change and energy, ethical dimensions in of environmental policy, oceans, ecosystem services, economics, and more.

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  • China Changes its Environmental Governance
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    China Changes its Environmental Governance

    In March, China announced plans to consolidate environmental policymaking in the newly formed Ministry of Ecological Environment. Jackson Ewing, a senior fellow at the Nicholas Institute, discusses China's future in The Diplomat.

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    Seven Energy Access Takeaways

    Some of the leading lights from the energy access community recently convened in Washington, D.C., for the launch of Duke University's Energy Access Project. Project Director Jonathan Phillips offers seven takeaways from the event.

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Harnessing Science to Inform Agricultural Policy, Carbon Markets
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Harnessing Science to Inform Agricultural Policy, Carbon Markets

In 2008, policy makers were drafting a federal cap-and-trade bill that increased the likelihood that energy and fuel prices could rise. This, coupled with uncertainty surrounding whether agricultural offsets would provide profitable benefits to farmers without harming production, sparked significant debate in the environmental and agricultural communities. Learn how the Technical Working Group on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases was created to inform this debate by synthesizing the relevant agricultural and economic research to allow decision makers to better weigh the risks and rewards associated with agricultural policy and carbon markets.