News - Kate Konschnik
"This is a climate issue; it’s a public health issue; and it’s an environmental justice issue.” Kate Konschnik spoke with Sierra Magazine about the importance of the transportation sector in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Frequent use of exemptions may undermine public health protections of oil and gas setback policies, according to a new study led by researchers at the research institute PSE Healthy Energy, Harvard University, and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Solutions at Duke University.
North Carolina has a history of adopting clean energy policies to proactively manage changes in the state's electricity system. A new generation of policies could once again help ensure the electricity system is cleaner, affordable, and reliable for decades to come, write UNC CE3's Jonas Monast and the Nicholas Institute's Kate Konschnik in a commentary for Southeast Energy News.
Beyond the recent blackouts in Texas, new technologies and a changing climate require changes to old grid models, write four participants in the RTOGov project for a Niskanen Center blog post.
An analysis of North Carolina's Clean Energy Plan conducted by the Nicholas Institute and UNC's Center for Climate, Energy, Environment, and Economics suggests a combination of "push" and "pull" policies may be the best way for the state to meet its carbon-reduction goals. Kate Konschnik told S&P Global Market Intelligence that the results indicate North Carolina has options, with many pathways appearing to be economically and technologically feasible.
On March 5, Duke in DC hosted the event “Energy & Utilities,” part of its Beyond Talking Points series. The panelists—Greg Gershuny, Aspen Institute; Kate Konschnik, Nicholas Institute; and Brian Murray, Duke University Energy Initiative—listed their biggest areas of focus going into the Biden administration and new Congress and discussed the implications of the Texas blackouts in February.
The Biden administration will take over the executive branch on Jan. 20, but the new president won't have a Democratic majority on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission until June 30 after the Senate approved a bipartisan pair of Trump administration nominees this week. Kate Konschnik told Roll Call that FERC works relatively well across party lines without monumental shifts from one administration to the next.