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arpa-e recent pubsAssessment of Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-e) (2017)
On June 13 the Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy (STEP) released its latest report, a detailed and in depth examination of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). The report appraises the appropriateness and effectiveness of ARPA-E's processes and operations to achieve its mission and goals. It also presents a retrospective and technical assessment of ARPA-E. The study’s committee of experts relied on quantitative and qualitative analyses to develop a set of findings and recommendations to the agency and to Congress. 
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power of change - recent pubsThe Power of Change: Innovation for Development and Deployment of Increasingly Clean Electric Power Technologies (2016)
Electricity, supplied reliably and affordably, is foundational to the U.S. economy and is utterly indispensable to modern society. However, emissions resulting from many forms of electricity generation create environmental risks that could have significant negative economic, security, and human health consequences. Large-scale installation of cleaner power generation has been generally hampered because greener technologies are more expensive than the technologies that currently produce most of our power. Rather than trade affordability and reliability for low emissions, is there a way to balance all three?
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Effects of US Tax Policy on GHG Emissions

Effects of U.S. Tax Policy on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
In the context of ongoing debates about budget deficits and tax reform, climate change, and national energy policy, Congress asked the National Academies to review the entire Internal Revenue Code and identify the tax provisions that produce the largest increases or reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to estimate the magnitude of those [...]
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 Hidden Costs of EnergyThe Hidden Cost of Energy: Unpriced Consequences of Energy Production and Use
Despite the many benefits of energy, most of which are reflected in energy market prices, the production, distribution, and use of energy causes negative effects. Many of these negative effects are not reflected in energy market prices. When market failures like this occur, there may be a case for government interventions in the form of regulations, taxes, fees, tradable permits [...]


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