Two New Energy Resilience Courses Open

Two new courses are open for registration in the George Washington University Energy Resilience Certificate program. How Electricity Markets Work – Learn how retail and wholesale electricity prices are set, how power is procured, how the markets are regulated, and implications for the future, given the greening and modernization of the electricity sector. Taught by Venki Venkateshwara. More information ….…

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Energy Resilience Certificate (ERC)

The George Washington University’s Energy Resilience Certificate (ERC) Courses are 10 to 12 hours, self-paced online, No prerequisites More about Courses & registration Download the Brochure Understanding energy systems is essential for organizations to thrive as the world accelerates toward a net-zero emissions economy. GWU’s Energy Resilience Certificate Program gives you the energy skills to rapidly…

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How the Consumer Will Become a Partner on the Electric Grid

By Llewellyn KingIf the Biden administration genuinely wanted to get serious about weaning the electric power sector from fossil fuels, it would get serious about nuclear — not just patting it on the head, as it is doing with the government equivalent of “There, there, baby.”Nuclear was an early victim of the culture wars which…

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Shutting Out Natural Gas Can Destabilize the Electric Grid

By Llewellyn King It has been an annus horribilis for the nation’s electric utility companies. Deadly storms and wildfires have left hundreds of thousands — and for short periods millions — of electricity customers without power, sometimes for days and weeks. These destructive weather events have come at a time when utilities are being squeezed…

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The Social Scolds Are Set To Take Up Global Warming

  The latest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change gives humanity a simple directive: Get a grip on greenhouse gas emissions or the dear old planet won’t be the dear old planet we have known and loved down through the millennia. Sounds simple, huh? Like wearing a face mask or getting…

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Tricky Recovery as Western Drought Looms Over Summer

Security & Sustainability Forum

After the long, dark night of the pandemic, many are predicting a rosy dawn followed by a bright summer day. The feeling is that we, the people, have borne the battle and can now celebrate the victory. But recoveries are tricky, and this recovery will be trickier than most because we are coming out of…

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Government Purchasing: Sustainability’s Best-Kept Secret?

By Mary Hoff Archimedes once observed that with a long enough lever he could move the world. In the case of moving the world to a more sustainable place, government purchasing could be just what he would have ordered. “Government is the largest buyer of goods across the globe,” Arizona State University Sustainable Purchasing Research…

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How China’s Rare Earths Monopoly Controls Our Destiny

A world commodities rebalancing is underway, and China is in a position of dominance. Take lithium, where China is a major processor and battery manufacturer; cobalt, where China has dominated the supply chains; and rare earth, where China has an almost total monopoly. Taken together, these three commodities are key to the future of alternative…

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How COVID-19 Points the Way to Faster Medicines in the Future

This is the month when the national spirit should start to lift: COVID-19 vaccines could be administered by mid-December. While we won’t reach the summit of a mighty mountain this month, nor well into next year, the ascent will have begun. It is unlikely to be a smooth journey. There will be contention, accusation, litigation…

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