• An Energy Challenge for the Next President

    In The News & Observer, the Nicholas Institute's Sarah Adair and co-authors say decisions by the next president will shape how the electricity sector responds to changes that carry with them wide-ranging economic and environmental consequences. Yet, energy policy has barely registered as an issue this election cycle.

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  • North Carolina Electricity Planning

    A new paper identifies seven drivers of change that could affect traditional electricity planning in North Carolina. It provides decision makers involved in North Carolina's electricity planning with examples from other states to aid them in instituting a comprehensive electricity plan aligned with effective planning principles that builds on past successes.

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  • Increasing Emissions Certainty under a Carbon Tax

    A new policy brief by Nicholas Institute researchers examines options for increasing emissions certainty under a carbon tax. It discusses mechanisms that could increase emissions certainty under a carbon tax and the challenges and opportunities associated with each.

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  • 2017 Winter Forum

    Co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute, the 2017 Winter Forum, Power to the People: Tackling Energy Inequality through Clean Energy Solutions, will be held January 8-10, 2017. At the event, students will compete to develop the best solutions for unequal energy access at home and abroad using case analysis and storytelling skills. 

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  • Groundwater Trading Program

    In Nevada’s Diamond Valley, unsustainable groundwater pumping has decreased the aquifer’s water level, raising irrigators’ pumping costs and threatening the viability of wells and springs. A report co-authored by Nicholas Institute researchers assesses the benefits, costs, and distributional impacts of a groundwater trading program for the valley.

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  • Policy Work Affects Local Efforts

    It’s through the Nicholas Institute's adaptability—and through the premium placed on collaboration—that we are finding opportunities to break down barriers to environmental progress. In this year’s annual report, we describe projects that bring together teams that draw on whatever expertise best illuminates the problem and its potential solutions.

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  • North American Climate Policy Forum: Exploring Cooperation between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico, June 22–23, 2016—Post-Conference Discussion and Summary Report

    Canada, the United States, and Mexico have begun to recognize opportunities for harmonization on climate change policy as a way to decrease costs... Read More
  • Benefits, Costs, and Distributional Impacts of a Groundwater Trading Program in the Diamond Valley, Nevada

    In Nevada’s Diamond Valley, unsustainable groundwater pumping has decreased the aquifer’s water level, raising irrigators’ pumping costs and... Read More
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  • 2017 Could be the Year to Revamp Electricity Standards ($)

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  • To Build or not to Build: Forum Debates Merits of Potential Duke Energy Power Plant on Campus

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  • Drafting the Climate Agreements, from Rio to Kyoto to Paris

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  • Blurred Lines: Public-Private Interactions in Carbon Regulations

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  • October 20, 2016
    Landmark Deal Reached on Planet-Warming Refrigerants
  • October 13, 2016
    Climate, Energy Get Little Attention in Second Presidential Debate

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