News Category: Rhodes

Let’s get real about the myths surrounding “100% renewable” energy

Aug. 13, 2018

Georgetown, TX has received a lot of attention in the media and elsewhere for its decision a few years ago to contract for 100% renewable electricity...

How clean coal could make a tidy profit from tax credits

May 30, 2018

Energy Institute Research Associate Josh Rhodes examines the recent extension / expansion of a tax credit for carbon capture...

Summer demand for power could test Texas electric grid

April 26, 2018

This summer could present a stiff test for the Texas electric grid, but early indicators suggest we will get by...

Expansion of tax credits for carbon capture & sequestration could spur development of coal-fired power plants

March 29, 2018

A little-known provision of the recently enacted federal budget bill extends and expands tax credits for capturing CO2, which could trigger investment in new coal-fired power plants...

New Federal Budget Puts Price on Carbon

March 9, 2018

Republicans have agreed to put a price on carbon, at least temporarily...

Tariff on foreign solar modules likely won’t slow down growth in U.S. installations

Feb. 27, 2018

The Trump Administration’s recent imposition of tariffs on foreign-manufactured solar modules could dampen growth of the U.S. solar industry...

The state of the US solar industry: 5 questions answered

Feb. 14, 2018

Five answers to the state of the solar industry in light of Trump’s imposition on solar panels from abroad.

A Lack of Systematic Thinking Keeps America from Staying Great

Jan. 26, 2018

Our economic system operates within intellectual, social, and physical constraints. Each of these constraints can feedback to affect the others...

Perry Says NOPR; FERC Says Nope (To Propping Up Coal)

Jan. 8, 2018

Today FERC unanimously terminated the Proposed Rule on Grid Reliability and Resilience Pricing that had been submitted to the commission by the secretary of energy...

Courts are not the place to resolve scientific debates

Dec. 18, 2017

At a time when science is under continual attack from politics and other sources, the last thing we need is to resolve differences concerning controversial topics in the courts...