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Energy Economics Weekly Briefings

  • 07/24/18

    Stranded Fossil Fuel Assets: Recent Published Research Sheds Light

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: Research published last month provides a macro look at winners and losers when fossil fuels become stranded, i.e., not worth the walk to lift out of the ground. Energy efficiency, cost competitiveness of renewables, and policies designed to limit CO2 emissions combine to increase these strands. Projections of…

  • 06/19/18

    Stranded: UK Pension Funds May Get Green Light to Divest

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: Early this week, the UK government issued a report seeking comment on discussion to allow UK government pension funds to divest of fossil fuel related financial assets. This effort is not new, but the UK government may be ahead of other countries in their call to allow portfolio…

  • 06/06/18

    Energy Reliability and Risk Mitigation

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: A statement issued by the U.S. Administration alleges that both coal and nuclear energy sources should be subsidized in order to provide an added layer of energy security. Central to this issue is the assertion that cyber security risks pose significant danger to the electric grid, thereby supporting…

  • 06/05/18

    Global Energy Demand Growth and Oil Pricing

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: Global energy demand growth has accelerated and most forecasters anticipate over 1.5 million barrels per day of additional demand this year as compared to 2017. This acceleration is largely due to growing consumption trends in emerging markets, particularly in China and India. Oil prices may be affected by…

  • 05/01/18

    Economic and Social Impacts: Future Mobility Workshop

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: A full day of panel discussions with experts from across the country…and the UK…convened to discuss the future of mobility. Experts noted several trends using solid analysis of a diverse data sets, from ride hailing statistics to global electrified and autonomous vehicle sales. Policy interventions are key: many…

  • 04/24/18

    China’s New Energy Vehicle Policy

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) released an updated policy last week. Combined with existing policy, the government is seeking to foster an investment climate for electrified vehicles. Being a leader in the production and sale of EVs may also provide a long-run global competitive advantage. China’s…

  • 04/10/18

    Electrified Vehicles: Perspectives on Aggressive Rollout

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: The Nordic countries spurred an acceleration in demand for electrified vehicles. Even as U.S. federal policy is on the cusp of an adjustment toward less stringent fuel economy standards, global forces (e.g., China) are increasing the incentive to move toward electrified vehicles (plug-ins and battery electric EVs). Such…

  • 03/28/18

    Electrified Vehicles: How Much CO2 Savings?

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: The Nordic countries — Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden — have spurred an acceleration in demand for electrified vehicles. The net effect will be a reduction in CO2 emissions emanating from the transport sector and a path to meet Paris targets. A recent study attempts to quantify…

  • 03/20/18

    Electrified Vehicle Take-Off in Nordic Countries

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: The Nordic countries — Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden — have spurred an acceleration in demand for electrified vehicles. Fiscal incentives on the purchase price of electric vehicles have fostered growing demand. Other incentives include a reduction or elimination of parking fees, the ability to use bus…

  • 03/16/18

    America’s (Energy Efficient) Economic Future

    Written by: Ellen Hughes-Cromwick

    Key Takeaways: Former Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and former Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx came to the University of Michigan during the last week. Both addressed America’s future and the dimensions of policy necessary to secure better growth and prosperity for all. Pritzker highlighted the importance of policy to upskill and…