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Nov 22, 2020

In states with key clean energy wins, utilities have a strong hand in driving or stalling progress

By Emily Burlinghaus

The 2020 US elections delivered some notable state and city-level wins for clean energy across the United States, notably in Nevada, Colorado, and Ohio. However, even in states that delivered victories for clean energy, utilities will still play a key role in driving—or stalling—the clean energy transition. The complex history of clean energy policy in each of these states points to the divergent paths both cities and states can take to decarbonize and the importance of striking a delicate balance between government, utilities, and public interests.

Climate Change & Climate Action Elections


Nov 13, 2020

Trade is the key to US energy security, which trumps US energy independence

By Emily Burlinghaus, Jennifer T. Gordon

The incoming Biden Administration offers an opportunity for the United States to shift from its pursuit of energy independence and the fiction of a US energy market insulated from the vagaries of global market shocks and geopolitics. Instead, the new administration should strengthen US relationships with partners and allies to ensure import security for energy products and materials and guarantee export markets for US energy.

Energy & Environment Energy Markets & Governance


Sep 15, 2020

Scaling CCUS: Catalyzing policy and financial innovation

By Emily Burlinghaus, Reed Blakemore, Lee Beck

Carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) is critical to decarbonizing heavy industry and meeting global climate goals. But significant roadblocks to financing have prevented the ability of industry to scale up CCUS projects. New financing tools and a coordinated approach by policy makers, industry representatives, and financial institutions can help CCUS drive the energy transition.

Energy & Environment Energy Transitions

Emily Burlinghaus is a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Global Energy Center and a German Chancellor Fellow based at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam, Germany. Prior to her fellowship, she worked as an assistant director with the Global Energy Center, where she focused primarily on the annual Global Energy Forum in Abu Dhabi and research and programming related to nuclear energy. Before joining the Atlantic Council in June 2019, she served as a program officer with the Institute of Regional and International Studies at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS), where she worked with academics and entrepreneurs to inform research and private sector development priorities across Iraq.

Emily has also worked as a research assistant with The Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Iran Security Initiative and spent a year abroad in the United Arab Emirates and conducted research at think tanks in Washington DC, including the Hudson Institute and the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She graduated from New York University with a bachelor of arts in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate from Johns Hopkins University.