Energy

  • Nord Stream 2: From EU Law to US Sanctions Law

    Rainer Seele, the chief executive officer of Austrian energy company OMV and corporate ally of Gazprom, recently called on Europe to defend itself from the proposed US sanctions aimed to stop Nord Stream 2. It is far from clear to which ‘Europe’ Seele is referring. In December 2018, the European Parliament voted 433 to 105 in favour of a resolution calling for the construction of Nord Stream 2 to be cancelled. Furthermore, in February 2019, twenty-four of the twenty-eight member states were prepared to vote to extend the 2009 EU Gas Directive formally to import pipelines such as Nord Stream 2, creating uncertainty in the current

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  • Bipartisanship Should Prevail in the Electrification of the Transportation Sector

    Addressing climate change has become a leading topic of bipartisan discussion within the 116th Congress, with a growing number of Republicans publicly emphasizing innovation and global technological leadership. Both are central factors in the overarching dialogue around vehicle electrification, which should resonate with policy makers from both sides of the aisle. An electrification strategy to help address climate change is particularly relevant given that the domestic transportation sector is now the leading source of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, surpassing the electric power industry, which has experienced falling carbon intensity due to market dynamics coupled with modest clean energy policies.


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  • A Call for Action on US Nuclear Leadership: Reflections on the Atlantic Council’s Task Force Report

    The recently released Atlantic Council Task Force on US Nuclear Energy Leadership report, entitled US Nuclear Leadership: Innovation and the Global Strategic Challenge, represents a year-long effort to examine the national security implications of nuclear power for the United States. The diverse mix of policy, regulatory, industry, utility, university, and environmental interests reflected in the Task Force contributed to a serious and wide-ranging consideration of four main issues:  saving the existing nuclear fleet; innovation and the development of a new generation of advanced reactors; challenges in the global market and the US export position; and nuclear fuel cycle and security concerns. Investigation of these policy areas led the Task Force to make three overarching recommendations: 1) maintain and expand the current fleet; 2) create a regulatory

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  • A Call for Action on US Nuclear Leadership: Reflections on the Atlantic Council’s Task Force Report

    The recently released Atlantic Council Task Force on US Nuclear Energy Leadership report, entitled US Nuclear Leadership: Innovation and the Global Strategic Challenge, represents a year-long effort to examine the national security implications of nuclear power for the United States. The diverse mix of policy, regulatory, industry, utility, university, and environmental interests reflected in the Task Force contributed to a serious and wide-ranging consideration of four main issues:  saving the existing nuclear fleet; innovation and the development of a new generation of advanced reactors; challenges in the global market and the US export position; and nuclear fuel cycle and security concerns. Investigation of these policy areas led the Task Force to make three overarching recommendations: 1) maintain and expand the current fleet; 2) create a regulatory

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  • Energy Governance and China’s Bid for Global Grid Integration

    Energy projects have always been a major part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) infrastructure mega-plan for Eurasia. The enormity of that plan was on display at the BRI Forum last month, where an official report was released estimating that energy investments in BRI countries would add up to $27 trillion by 2050, with $7 trillion alone going to power grid construction, and over 200 million new jobs created in the process.

    That report was published by the Global Energy Interconnection Development and Cooperation Organization, or GEIDCO, a young “international organization” set up by the State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC, or “State Grid”) in 2016, under the leadership of its former chief executive, to advance “Global Energy Interconnection” or GEI.


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  • EnergySource Explains: US Nuclear Energy Leadership: Innovation and the Strategic Global Challenge

    Throughout 2018, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center convened a “Task Force on US Nuclear Energy Leadership,” comprised of civilian and military experts in foreign policy, defense, and nuclear energy, with Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) as honorary co-chairs, to address the national security implications of the decline of the US nuclear power industry. Their insights, analysis, and recommendations provided the foundation for this report, US Nuclear Energy Leadership: Innovation and the Strategic Global Challenge.


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  • An Approach to Reduce Unproductive Flaring of Natural Gas: The Development of New Gas-To-Liquid Technology

    Natural gas, which consists primarily of methane, accounts for nearly one quarter of global energy production. Although the shale gas boom significantly increased the supply of natural gas, natural gas cannot be transported to processing plants using existing infrastructure for petroleum. Consequently, remote sources of natural gas are in effect “stranded.” Methods to use this “stranded” natural gas productively would be highly beneficial and would reduce unproductive flaring.


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  • The Future of Energy Storage

    Energy storage is set to become a dynamic disrupting force in the energy market as innovative battery technologies provide opportunities for increased green energy utilization and electric vehicle growth. On May 16, the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center hosted a lively discussion with Akshat Rathi, Mitalee Gupta,and Venkat Viswanathan on the future of energy storage, with panelists tackling the role of batteries within the low-carbon energy transition, bottlenecks in the critical mineral supply chain, and the possibility of battery-powered vehicular flight. The event began with an introduction by David Livingston, deputy director of climate and advanced energy at the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, who provided context regarding the potential for US...
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  • A Conversation with Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman and CEO, Total S.A.

    On May 16, 2019, the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center welcomed Patrick Pouyanné, chief executive officer and chairman of Total, for a public discussion on global energy market trends and Total’s new low-carbon energy strategy. Fred Kempe, president and chief executive officer of the Atlantic Council, delivered introductory remarks, underscoring Total’s interest in becoming a responsible and transparent hydrocarbon giant. This event marked Pouyanné’s first official visit to Atlantic Council headquarters.


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  • Reason for Hope on Climate Change

    On May 8, Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) and Representative Ben Ray Luján (D-NM 03) introduced the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2019. If passed, this legislation would put the United States on a path toward decarbonizing its electricity sector by midcentury. This is a good example of the type of action that will be needed if the United States and the world are to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.


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