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Brookings Institution Energy Security Initiative

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Works: 18 works in 19 publications in 1 language and 827 library holdings
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Distributed power in the United States : prospects and policies by Jeremy Carl( )

2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 795 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Providing reliable and secure electric power to meet the growing demands of this century, in a way which mitigates the adverse effects of climate change, is a daunting challenge. The situation has given rise to increased interest in the potential for Distributed Power Systems (DPS): a combination of distributed sources of power production and distributed power storage. This study examines the economic, environmental, and energy security case for DPS
Making the business of energy efficiency both scalable and sustainable by Lisa Wood( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

U.S.-China clean energy cooperation : the road ahead by Kenneth Lieberthal( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper focuses on the clean energy and climate change component of U.S.-China relations. It reviews why the cooperation was so minimal before 2009 and the changes since then. It then analyzes the politics of forging U.S.-China cooperation in the coming months and makes policy recommendations on how best to structure a presidential level bilateral agreement on clean energy cooperation. Finally, it examines the need to re-focus the goals at Copenhagen and articulates how Washington and Beijing can play a critical role in teeing up that meeting for success. -- Intro. (p.1)
Non-proliferation and the nuclear "renaissance" : the contribution and responsibilities of the nuclear industry by John P Banks( )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carbon offsets, reversal risk and US climate policy( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Background: One controversial issue in the larger cap-and-trade debate is the proper use and certification of carbon offsets related to changes in land management. Advocates of an expanded offset supply claim that inclusion of such activities would expand the scope of the program and lower overall compliance costs, while opponents claim that it would weaken the environmental integrity of the program by crediting activities that yield either nonexistent or merely temporary carbon sequestration benefits. Our study starts from the premise that offsets are neither perfect mitigation instruments nor useless "hot air." Results: We show that offsets provide a useful cost containment function, even when there is some threat of reversal, by injecting additional "when-flexibility" into the system. This allows market participants to shift their reduction requirements to periods of lower cost, thereby facilitating attainment of the least-cost time path without jeopardizing the cumulative environmental integrity of the system. By accounting for market conditions in conjunction with reversal risk, we develop a simple offset valuation methodology, taking into account the two most important factors that typically lead offsets to be overvalued or undervalued. Conclusions: The result of this paper is a quantitative "model rule" that could be included in future legislation or used as a basis for active management by a future "carbon fed" or other regulatory authority with jurisdiction over the US carbon market to actively manage allowance prices -- abstract
Market oversight for cap-and-trade : efficiently regulating the carbon derivatives market by Stephen Craig Pirrong( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The original concept of cap-and-trade envisioned that the total amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions would be capped and rights to emit would be traded. But it is inevitable that there will be demand to trade instruments other than emissions rights themselves. Specifically, there will be a demand to trade derivatives on emissions rights. This has raised alarms in Congress, particularly in the aftermath of the energy price spike of 2008 and the financial crisis of 2008-2009. Numerous voices inside Congress as well as outside have laid the blame for these episodes squarely on derivatives markets. As a result, the current regulatory environment is extraordinarily hostile to derivatives generally, and to carbon derivatives particularly. This chapter is organized as follows: Section 2 gives an overview of what derivatives are and how they are traded. Section 3 discusses derivatives markets abuses, such as manipulation and excessive speculation, and Section 4 evaluates the potential vulnerability of carbon markets to these abuses. Section 5 summarizes the ACESA provisions related to derivatives, and Section 6 evaluates the desirability of these provisions. Section 7 provides a brief summary.-- p.1-2
Emissions targets in cap-and-trade : choosing reduction goals compatible with global climate stabilization by Bryan Keegan Mignone( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In light of the many known uncertainties associated with the climate system response, policymakers may wish to revise the global emissions path in order to improve the likelihood of attaining the 2-degree temperature target, or they may decide to adopt a different target altogether. In either case, when considering the implications for the design of a US cap-and-trade system, we will take the 50% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 relative to 2005 levels as the basic policy goal to be explored in this paper. Assuming that this target is widely recognized and shared among the "major emitters" (a group that typically refers to those countries who participate in the US-led "major emitters forum"), a potentially more difficult problem involves dividing up the implied abatement burden among nations whose historical responsibility, vulnerability to climate change, adaptation capacity and economic resources to devote to environmental improvement vary considerably. In order to examine the sensitivity of US policy choices to international action, we consider several possible approaches for determining what might constitute "comparable effort" or an "equitable distribution" of burden ... In this paper, we consider each of these issues in greater detail. Section 2 examines possible global temperature and concentration goals, making use of the guidance provided by the UNFCCC and subsequent technical and political judgments about the meaning of "dangerous interference" with the climate system. Section 3 discusses how available scientific information could be used to translate any such concentration or temperature target into a single global emissions reduction pathway. Section 4 considers various proposals for dividing up the global abatement burden, given different notions of "comparability," and discusses what this implies for the design of emissions reduction targets in the US Section 5 considers the implications of these emissions reduction targets for the transformation of the US energy system and examines whether top-down emissions goals derived from a global disaggregation of abatement are consistent with bottom-up technological constraints on the future energy system. Section 6 concludes with a recap of the major issues and with appropriate policy recommendations -- p.1-2
Technological scarcity, compliance flexibility and the optimal time path of emissions abatement by Bryan Keegan Mignone( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cost containment for cap-and-trade : designing effective compliance flexibility mechanisms by Bryan Keegan Mignone( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this paper, we focus on a key element of the response to such price uncertainty, namely the suite of compliance flexibility mechanisms that could be incorporated into the fabric of policy itself. We suggest that carefully designed temporal flexibility instruments, such as banking and borrowing, combined with a limited centralized authority to make subtle market adjustments, could eliminate most price volatility resulting from short-term economic dislocations. When it comes to longer-term uncertainty and the possibility that sustained high prices and costs will threaten the durability of the policy itself, we suggest that a carefully-designed upper bound on the carbon price could reduce these threats without materially increasing the risk to the overall environmental integrity of the program ... This paper proceeds as follows: Section 2 discusses key market performance objectives relevant to the design of policy. Section 3 considers firm-level temporal flexibility mechanisms, and Section 4 examines centralized adjustment mechanisms. Section 5 discusses more explicit measures to control prices and costs, and Section 6 summarizes the major issues and discusses the ways in which policies could be combined successfully in the context of a real carbon trading regime -- p. 1-2
Equity and efficiency in cap-and-trade : effectively managing the emissions allowance supply by Adele Cecile Morris( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper considers the distributional effects of cap-and-trade across different sets of people, including consumers, shareholders, household income groups, and geographic regions, and it explores the role of policy design in determining those effects. The paper describes how the incidence of the program depends on how market forces transmit the costs of emissions abatement through the economy and how the program can create large transfers from one group to another, especially through the way the government doles out allowances. Finally, it explains how the allocation of allowances can lower or raise the overall costs to the economy by reducing other economic distortions or by inducing higher-cost abatement. -- Intro (p.1)
Prices in emissions permit markets : the role of investor foresight and capital durability by Bryan Keegan Mignone( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Building on Kyoto : towards a realistic global climate agreement by Warwick J McKibbin( Book )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

US industry and cap-and-trade : designing provisions to maintain domestic competitiveness and mitigate emissions leakage by Carolyn Fischer( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This paper reviews the evidence on the competitiveness burdens imposed on domestic energy-consuming industries as a result of a unilateral or near-unilateral carbon pricing policy. We also examine the nature and magnitude of emissions leakage that could undermine the environmental effectiveness of such a policy. Subsequently, we analyze a range of options designed to address these concerns, with particular emphasis on the measures included in the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACESA). Overall, we find that this bill adopts a quite reasonable approach to the multiple challenges involved, although we do identify a number of possible refinements that might be considered as parallel legislation is discussed in the Senate. --intro. (p.1)
Strategic assessment of the Caspian Sea basin region : May 7-8, 2009 roundtable (with policy recommendations)( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This conference attempted to evaluation the present state of affairs in the Caspian Sea Basin Region, and the region's geopolitical importance to the United States and to the European Union. Energy security issues were highlighted. Concerns surfaced concerning Russian attempts to restore the region into its own sphere of influence, growing Chinese inroads, and instability in neighboring Afghanistan. Uncertainty about the ability of the post-Soviet republics of Central Asia and the Caucasus to maintain their sovereignty had to be measured against the backdrop of Central Asia being geographically landlocked and separated from Europe by Russia, of unresolved conflicts in Afghanistan and in the Caucasus, and the key issue: freeing the flow of energy riches of the Caspian Sea Basin to the rest of the world, despite great power rivalries
Transferring environmentally sound technologies in an intellectual property-friendly framework by Charles K Ebinger( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Meeting any agreed environmental regulations standards will require the use of a plethora of climate change technologies, to which most developing nations do not have access. The scarcity of a distributed network of such technologies brings forth the debate of intellectual property rights. (IPR). IPR refers to the protection of rights for the owners of ideas and innovation, research and development, manufacturing processes, and technology, as well as the required economic payment for the use of a previously patented item. -- v
Software and hard targets : enhancing smart grid cyber security in the age of information warfare by Charles K Ebinger( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Designing a cap-and-trade system for the United States : issues, challenges, and tradeoffs( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Greenland gold rush : promise and pitfalls of Greenland's energy and mineral resources by Tim Boersma( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Analyse af Grønlands muligheder for at udvinde mineraler og olie, om Grønlands politik på området og relationerne til EU og Kina
 
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Energy Security Initiative

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