I spoke with The Advocate's Sam Karlin about investor-owned utilities' resource planning process and how it is difficult to fundamentally change the state's resource mix even as fuel costs shift and gas is no longer the least-cost resource it once was. "It's certainly not impossible for the Southeast to become less reliant on gas," I told the paper. "But it's not going to happen overnight."
I commented about the oil-friendly provisions in the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act and how to balance them against the bill's pro-climate provisions. I told the Business Insider, "The provisions incentivizing green energy far outweigh the fossil fuel-friendly provisions."
In this Op-Ed published in The Advocate, I argue that, while the U.S. Senate's passage of a climate bill is historic, the states continue to be where the key regulatory action is when it comes to climate and renewable energy policy. I also note that even "red states" are doing more (quietly) than it may seem.
I am quoted in this story published in New England Climate Dispatch: "Investor-owned utilities (like Eversource and National Grid) are the single most influential type of business actor when it comes to state-level climate and energy policymaking,” stated Basseches. “Campaign contributions are one important tool in their toolkit (but far from the only one).”
I am quoted in this story published in E&E News. "Given the political leanings of [the Southeast region], I highly suspect that the utilities are going to win the day," I told E&E News.
I am quoted in this story published in Renewable Energy World. "Solar is no longer the experiment it once was in the not-too-distant past," I told Renewable Energy World. I explained that while Biden has been a friend to the renewable energy industry, he is not above being criticized.
I joined Monica Gattinger (University of Ottawa), Marcela Lopez-Vallejo (Universidad de Guadalajara) and Leigh Raymond (Purdue University) for a discussion of North American electricity policy and energy security. In my remarks, I discussed obstacles to expanding cross-border transmission to bring clean electricity from Canada into the United States.
I am quoted in this State and Hill Magazine story on public trust in government. Specifically, I was asked to comment on the Texas electricity crisis of the past winter. "Texas has an extremely deregulated electricity grid," I told the magazine. "Decision-making is driven by industry, which led to poor weatherization and poor preparedness."
In this op-ed published by Washington State Wire, I argue that, while the state legislature and governor are to be applauded for making Washington state only the second U.S. state to adopt an economy-wide cap-and-trade program, many of the toughest and most consequential decisions still lie ahead, in the regulatory process.
In this op-ed published by Grist, I argue that investor-owned utilities are extremely powerful political actors when it comes to shaping U.S. climate policy, and that federal policymakers should either accommodate their policy preferences or begin taking major steps to rein in their power.
2020-12-09 Whither American Climate Policy? Lessons from the Trump Presidency and State Policy Engagement
With Barry Rabe
Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan
On December 9, 2020, I joined Professor Barry Rabe for a discussion of the state of U.S. climate and energy policy as we transition from the Trump Administration to the Biden Administration. The conversation centered on Barry's new book, Trump, the Administrative Presidency, and Federalism (Brookings 2020) as well as my dissertation research on economy-wide GHG policies and RPS policies in the American states.
2020-07-18 100% Renewable Is What's Needed for Massachusetts
Environment Massachusetts Blog
Environment Massachusetts, an affiliate of Environment America, a national environmental advocacy organization, referenced my research on the shortcomings of the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act in order to make the case for the Massachusetts legislature to adopt a target for the state to achieve 100% renewable energy by 2045.