Posts Tagged ‘US’

In the graphs below, I compare new renewable energy capacity with new conventional energy capacity for selected countries. The data comes from the EIA and is shown in GW for each year between 1980 and 2006. New renewable capacity (excluding conventional hydro) is shown in blue and new conventional capacity (including conventional hydro) is shown […]


In this piece I look at the strengths and weaknesses of the cap-and-trade provisions under the Waxman-Markey bill and the lessons that European policymakers could learn from the US approach. Strengths Coverage The Waxman-Markey provisions cover all six greenhouse gases and 86 percent of US GHG emissions. Once we take into account the inclusion of […]


The following graphs provide some insights into the disposition of allowances under the Waxman-Markey bill.  The graphs illustrate just how innovative US policy makers have been in their distribution of allowances under the cap-and-trade provisions of the bill. US policy makers have made the most of the valuable resource that allowances represent. They have drafted […]


If we take a look at some of the numbers behind the Waxman-Markey Bill, we get a clearer sense of its ambition, its limitations and the winners and losers. Content of the Bill From reading much of the coverage of the bill, one might be forgiven for believing that the bill is nothing more than […]


The American Clean Energy and Security Act, ACES, H.R. 2454, previously known as the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill, was recently passed by the US House of Representatives on 26 June 2009. The key elements of the bill are presented below. Sponsors The Bill is authored by the House Energy & Commerce Committee and is […]


The EIA has just published its review of the US power sector in 2007. It contains a very interesting statistic…in 2007 the majority of new power installed came from renewable sources (predominantly wind). A total of 8.6GW of new power was installed in 2007 with around 5GW coming from wind. Almost all the rest of […]