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Weather-Related Power Outages and Electric System Resiliency

Weather-Related Power Outages and Electric System Resiliency

Date: August 28, 2012
Creator: Campbell, Richard J.
Description: This report focuses on the impacts of sustained power outages as might result from the result of seasonal storms, and whether there is a role for the federal government in hastening the restoration of power from weather-related outages.
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U.S.-Russian Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Issues for Congress

U.S.-Russian Civilian Nuclear Cooperation Agreement: Issues for Congress

Date: January 11, 2011
Creator: Nikitin, Mary Beth
Description: This report discusses key policy issues related to a nuclear cooperation agreement between the United States and Russia signed on May 6, 2008, including future nuclear energy cooperation with Russia, U.S.-Russian bilateral relations, nonproliferation cooperation, and Russia's policies toward Iran.
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Residential Energy Tax Credits: Overview and Analysis

Residential Energy Tax Credits: Overview and Analysis

Date: September 25, 2012
Creator: Crandall-Hollick, Margot L. & Sherlock, Molly F.
Description: This report explores one policy option for promoting residential energy efficiency: tax credits. It begins by providing an overview of the current residential energy-efficiency tax credits. The report then goes on to provide an economic rationale for residential energy-efficiency tax incentives, introducing the concept of "market failures" and "market barriers" which may lead to suboptimal or "economically inefficient" investment in energy-efficiency technologies. The final sections of this report provide an economic analysis of the primary tax incentives for residential energy efficiency and briefly review various policy options.
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Nuclear Power Plant Security and Vulnerabilities

Nuclear Power Plant Security and Vulnerabilities

Date: August 28, 2012
Creator: Holt, Mark & Andrews, Anthony
Description: This report discusses the physical security at nuclear power plants and concerns of radiological sabotage, a deliberate act against a plant that could directly or indirectly endanger public health and safety through exposure to radiation.
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Nuclear Cooperation with Other Countries: A Primer

Nuclear Cooperation with Other Countries: A Primer

Date: January 11, 2011
Creator: Kerr, Paul K. & Nikitin, Mary Beth
Description: This report discusses section 123 of the Atomic Energy Act (AEA), the specific requirements of which must be met in order for the United States to engage in civilian nuclear cooperation with other states. The AEA also provides for exemptions to these requirements, export control licensing procedures, and criteria for terminating cooperation.
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Cellulosic Biofuels: Analysis of Policy Issues for Congress

Cellulosic Biofuels: Analysis of Policy Issues for Congress

Date: January 13, 2011
Creator: Bracmort, Kelsi; Schnepf, Randy; Stubbs, Megan & Yacobucci, Brent D.
Description: Report that provides background on the current effort to develop industrial-scale, competitive technology to produce biofuels from cellulosic feedstocks.
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Energy Policy: 113th Congress Issues

Energy Policy: 113th Congress Issues

Date: July 25, 2013
Creator: Behrens, Carl E.
Description: Report that discusses the energy policy in the United States, which is focused on three major goals: assuring a secure supply of energy, keeping energy costs low, and protecting the environment.
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Energy Tax Policy: Issues in the 113th Congress

Energy Tax Policy: Issues in the 113th Congress

Date: September 4, 2013
Creator: Sherlock, Molly F.
Description: This report discusses the energy tax policy that may also be considered as part of comprehensive tax reform legislation in the 113th Congress. Also the report discusses a number of other energy tax incentives, including provisions to support building energy efficiency and renewable fuels, that are also scheduled to expire at the end of 2013.
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Europe's Energy Security: Options and Challenges to Natural Gas Supply Diversification

Europe's Energy Security: Options and Challenges to Natural Gas Supply Diversification

Date: July 11, 2013
Creator: Ratner, Michael; Belkin, Paul; Nichol, Jim & Woehrel, Steven
Description: Report that focuses on potential approaches that Europe might employ to diversify its sources of natural gas supply, Russia's role in Europe's natural gas policies, and key factors that could hinder efforts to develop alternative suppliers of natural gas.
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EPA Standards for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants: Many Questions, Some Answers

EPA Standards for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants: Many Questions, Some Answers

Date: September 30, 2013
Creator: McCarthy, James E.
Description: This report discusses the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) proposals for electric generating units (EGU) Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
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European Union Wind and Solar Electricity Policies: Overview and Considerations

European Union Wind and Solar Electricity Policies: Overview and Considerations

Date: August 7, 2013
Creator: Brown, Phillip
Description: The subject matter covered within this report is European Union (EU) renewable electricity generation--specifically onshore wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity.
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Department of Defense Purchase of Renewable Energy Credits Under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012

Department of Defense Purchase of Renewable Energy Credits Under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012

Date: November 27, 2012
Creator: Andrews, Anthony
Description: Report that looks at the background of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 (NDAA), the Department of Defense's (DOD) electrical use, and DOD electricity use versus state electricity use.
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Biomass: Comparison of Definitions in Legislation Through the 112th Congress

Biomass: Comparison of Definitions in Legislation Through the 112th Congress

Date: November 14, 2012
Creator: Bracmort, Kelsi
Description: Report discussing the use of biomass, its legislative history, and the proposed redefinition of biomass in legislation.
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Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Changes in the Arctic: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: August 8, 2013
Creator: O'Rourke, Ronald
Description: This report provides an overview of Arctic-related issues for Congress, and refers readers to more in-depth CRS reports on specific Arctic-related issues.
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Natural Gas in the U.S. Economy: Opportunities for Growth

Natural Gas in the U.S. Economy: Opportunities for Growth

Date: November 6, 2012
Creator: Pirog, Robert & Ratner, Michael
Description: Report that examines what has changed in the natural gas industry and focuses on the demand side and ancillary benefits to the U.S. economy.
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Proposed U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement: Background and Issues for Congress

Proposed U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Hydrocarbons Agreement: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: August 29, 2013
Creator: Hagerty, Curry L. & Uzel, James C.
Description: This report discusses the offshore areas of the Gulf of Mexico that provide a setting for domestic and international energy production, U.S. military training and border operations, trade and commerce, fishing, tourist attractions, and recreation.
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Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Overview and Issues

Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS): Overview and Issues

Date: January 23, 2012
Creator: Schnepf, Randy & Yacobucci, Brent D.
Description: Report that describes the general nature of the biofuels RFS and its implementation, outlines some of the emerging issues related to the sustainability of the continued growth in U.S. biofuels production needed to fulfill the expanding RFS mandate, and the emergence of potential unintended consequences of this rapid expansion.
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U.S. Trade Deficit and the Impact of Changing Oil Prices

U.S. Trade Deficit and the Impact of Changing Oil Prices

Date: January 13, 2011
Creator: Jackson, James K.
Description: Report that provides an estimate of the initial impact of the changing oil prices on the nation's merchandise trade deficit.
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U.S. Natural Gas Exports: New Opportunities, Uncertain Outcomes

U.S. Natural Gas Exports: New Opportunities, Uncertain Outcomes

Date: September 17, 2013
Creator: Ratner, Michael; Parfomak, Paul W.; Fergusson, Ian F. & Luther, Linda
Description: This report examines what has changed in the U.S. natural gas market and the prospects and implications of the United States becoming a significant net natural gas exporter.
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Why Some Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Are Not Sold Domestically

Why Some Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Are Not Sold Domestically

Date: August 17, 2012
Creator: Canis, Bill
Description: Report that discusses reasons why some fuel-efficient vehicles are not sold in the U.S.
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The Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve and the National Oilheat Research Alliance

The Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve and the National Oilheat Research Alliance

Date: September 19, 2013
Creator: Andrews, Anthony
Description: This report discusses the price of home heating oil in the Northeast. The Northeast demand for home heating oil has declined by 47% since 2000, from nearly 7 billion gallons to 3.6 billion gallons in 2011. The report provides detailed information regarding northeast home heating oil reserve and national Oilheat Research Alliance.
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EPA Standards for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants: Many Questions, Some Answers

EPA Standards for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Power Plants: Many Questions, Some Answers

Date: November 15, 2013
Creator: McCarthy, James E.
Description: This report discusses the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) proposals for electric generating units (EGU) Greenhouse Gas Emissions.
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Energy and Water Development: FY2014 Appropriations

Energy and Water Development: FY2014 Appropriations

Date: September 13, 2013
Creator: Behrens, Carl E.
Description: This report discusses the Energy and Water Development bill, which includes funding for civil works projects of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), the Department of the Interior's Central Utah Project (CUP) and Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the Department of Energy (DOE), and a number of independent agencies, including the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
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Energy and Water Development: FY2014 Appropriations

Energy and Water Development: FY2014 Appropriations

Date: November 1, 2013
Creator: Behrens, Carl E.
Description: This report discusses the Energy and Water Development appropriations bill that provides funding for civil works projects of the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps), for the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), the Department of Energy (DOE), and several independent agencies.
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