Power Points

2016 Nov
November 14

Electric Truck

Cities could reap huge benefits from next generation transportation vehicles

Electric vehicles (EV) and other next generation transportation technologies have an important role to play in transitioning the U.S. to a clean energy economy. EVs have been shown to reduce oil use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 58%, a percentage that could climb even higher as the electric grid moves away from carbon energy generation. And while the U.S.

2016 Sep
September 19

Court says the social cost of carbon is real

The research community has warned for decades about the potential environmental and health costs of burning coal, oil, and natural gas, often pointing out that those costs can be measured in real dollars. But now the U.S. court system, as it begins to validate the science informing the social cost of carbon, seems to be listening.

2016 Aug
August 25

Miriam Seifter on recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions on energy

It’s been a monumental year for energy law at the U.S. Supreme Court. With two recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) decisions, the Court has told us more about important jurisdictional questions than it has in over a decade.

Power Points’ Gary Radloff sat down with Miriam Seifter, assistant professor in the University of Wisconsin Law School, to talk about these big decisions, and what we can expect to see as a result.

2016 Jul
July 18

Changing energy markets and the uncertain future of nuclear power

With hindsight, it’s easy to see how the closing of Wisconsin’s Kewaunee Nuclear Plant in 2013 was a harbinger of things to come. Cheap natural gas and wind power sold to wholesale markets have transformed the economics of electricity generation, and have contributed to the closures of 14 more U.S. nuclear reactors.