Blog

Here at Synapse, we spend a lot of time looking at energy data, talking about energy data, and thinking about energy data. If you’re reading this blog, you can probably relate to this urge to explore and connect energy data sets. Throughout our work, we rely upon sources that vary based on the question at hand. If we are searching for how Maine tracks progress towards a Maine-specific goal, we might seek out data sources from, well, Maine.

Events in Ukraine have naturally prompted discussion among Synapse experts on the energy implications and we decided to share some of that with our readers in a short series of blog posts. This post looks at what Europe is doing in reaction to current events. While Europe is not our traditional area of focus, we are fortunate to have research fellow Anett Ludwig on board to refine our European perspective.
Events in Ukraine have naturally prompted discussion among Synapse experts on their energy implications, and we decided to share some of that with our readers in a short series of blog posts. This post explores the current marked shift in energy diplomacy, and how this energy crisis differs from previous ones in its emphasis from many quarters on abandoning rather than replacing the fossil fuels that have for so long shaped global relations.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a new update to its Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, or CSAPR (pronounced “Casper”), the program that regulates sulfur dioxide, ozone, and nitrogen oxide pollution from fossil-fired power plants and industrial sources. All three pollutants have well-documented detrimental impacts on public health, so reducing emissions can yield enormous benefits.

The Synapse Electricity Snapshot 2022 highlights several major trends in 2021 electric sector capacity, generation, CO2 emissions, and related statistics. Our key findings include the following:

On March 3rd the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released the 2022 Annual Energy Outlook (AEO). AEO 2022 contains projections of energy use from the electric power, residential, commercial, industrial, and transportation sectors through 2050. The report’s Reference case is a projection of the future based on estimates of fuel availability, changes in technology costs, and current legislation.

In the Fall of 2021, Climable and Synapse partnered to form the Internship Program for Energy Justice. The program aims to diversify the energy analysis field through mentorship, relationship building, and exposure to regulatory, utility, and energy processes.

We are thrilled to welcome the latest participants of this program: Kelly Shin and Sara Singh. Read more about their backgrounds and interests below!

Here we are in the second Covid winter.  It feels trite to wish you a happy new year. Let’s survive. And may we thrive and learn and grow as we face a relentless series of enormous challenges. Personal and social. Technical and economic. Injustice. Climate change. The virus. 

This last trip around the sun marked 25 years for Synapse Energy Economics. Jeannie and I were, obviously, children back in 1996 (see photo for proof). 

Building decarbonization—particularly through widespread adoption of heat pumps for space and water heating—is now a central strategy for New York State to meet its climate targets. The installation of heat pumps can cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector, but the timing of system replacements is crucial.

This Fall, Climable and Synapse partnered to form the Internship Program for Energy Justice. The program aims to diversify the energy analysis field through mentorship, relationship building, and exposure to regulatory, utility, and energy processes.

We are thrilled to welcome the inaugural participants of this program: Leo Acevedo and Pooja Kandukuri. Read more about their backgrounds and interests below!

Pages

Subscribe to Recent Blog Posts