The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate released a report last week that finds that low-carbon economic growth is possible for countries at all levels of development, if governments and businesses work together over the critical period of the next 15 years.

Will potential new EPA ozone restrictions have devastating effects on the U.S. economy? That’s the claim made by a recent NERA Economic Consulting study. Cautioning media outlets to think and write critically about such claims, Media Matters for America published an article citing experts—including Synapse senior economist Frank Ackerman—who enumerated the methodological faults of the study.

Policymakers, researchers, and advocates seeking reliable, high-quality information about the electric power sector will find a wealth of resources on Synapse’s newly designed website, launched in September 2014.

The site features:

The Vermont Public Service Board (Board) cited a Synapse report extensively in its July 9 Order in the 2014-2034 Vermont Energy Efficiency Plan Proceeding, and adopted Synapse’s recommendation that the state’s Energy Efficiency Utilities (EEUs) collect and report better data on customer participation so as to better understand repeat participation.

A note from Bruce Biewald, Synapse Founder and CEO

Bill Steinhurst—a dear friend, brilliant planner, tenacious expert witness, and Synapse’s first client—died peacefully on the night of July 24, surrounded by his family.

Synapse has developed a tool to estimate states’ electric-sector costs and benefits of Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.

Register Today for a Free Webinar with Synapse's Dr. Elizabeth A. Stanton

Date: Thursday, June 19, 2014
Time: 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. EDT
Register for Webinar: Click here

In the rush to interpret EPA's draft 111(d) rule for limiting CO2 emissions at existing power plants, a number of sources have mischaracterized or misunderstood key elements and implications.

Synapse's Frank Ackerman will join climatologist James Hansen to discuss carbon policy on NPR's On Point tomorrow, May 20 at 10 a.m. Ackerman and Hansen, along with a speaker from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, will debate carbon price issues such as the design of a revenue-neutral carbon tax and the merits of taxes versus cap-and-trade systems.

On February 27, Bruce Biewald, Synapse founder and CEO, testified at a House Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing on “Benefits of and Challenges to Energy Access in the 21st Century: Electricity.” Mr. Biewald spoke about the practice of estimating a future CO2 price in electric utility planning, which is becoming increasingly common in the United States. 

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