Both federal and state lawmakers are grappling with the challenge of ensuring that businesses and consumers have affordable and reliable electricity, while limiting greenhouse gas emissions that will exacerbate climate change. Despite the hysteria around nuclear power, the facts show that nuclear is one of the safest and cheapest low-emission forms of energy. To understand […]
For net metering to be successful, it is crucial that policymakers find solutions that produce more benefits than costs. Accomplishing this requires getting the prices correct and increasing consumer protections. To read this piece by Liam Sigaud and Krisztina Pusok, visit Inside Sources. Well-Intentioned Energy Policies Are Hurting Consumers
Unfortunately, the U.S. is not self-sufficient in petroleum and we have a way to go. We consume 19.96 million barrels of crude oil per day (Mbbl/day). Of that, we produce 13.134 Mbbl/day. We also export about 6 Mbbl/day, where prices and transportation costs are attractive. In 2017, we imported about 10.4 Mbbl/day from countries such […]
The Institute for Energy Research (IER) interviewed ACI’s Director of Policy and Research, Dr. Krisztina Pusok, on proposed plans to replace the current Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards and the impact on consumers. The Interview can be heard online at IER.
This editorial, by Liam Sigaud, discusses how silicone has a profound impact on Americans’ energy use, including the benefits of energy generation from both wind turbines and solar panels. In fact, about 90 percent of solar panels have at least some silicone components, which act as lubricants, sealants, coatings, and insulators. Silicone compounds are also […]
Trump’s recent decision to force grid operators to buy power from unprofitable coal and nuclear plants at above-market rates has been widely and appropriately criticized as an unjustified, harmful intrusion into America’s energy markets. It may not be hyperbolic to say that Trump’s move constitutes, as The Washington Post editorial board put it, “the most […]
US consumers rely on 19.63 million barrels of crude oil and 78 trillion British thermal units of natural gas per day for transportation and electrical power generation. A few years ago, those staggering amounts were priced at more than twice today’s level. The lower prices are a result of US fracking and horizontal drilling. Those […]
The EPA claims that both science and economics support its global campaign to force US states into halting carbon dioxide emissions. EPA’s Administrator Gina McCarthy says the EPA’s Clean Power Plan authority calls for an end to debate on climate change and emissions control: “people overwhelmingly consider climate change to be a problem—and they want […]
It should not be the role of government to make solar energy more price competitive; it should be the role of solar companies. That is the thesis of this piece by Jessica Lowman in today’s Forbes. You can read her piece in its entirety at Forbes.
A number of reports have explored ways to improve transportation efficiency by increasing the length of less than truckload (LTL) twin trailers from 28 feet to 33 feet, while not increasing truck weight. This ConsumerGram reviews the empirical evidence of the proposal, and finds that increasing trailer length would not only significantly lower transportation costs, […]