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Federal gas tax holiday: Biden says it will provide ‘a little bit of relief’ – but experts say even that may be a stretch

President Joe Biden called on Congress to suspend the federal gas tax to “bring families just a little bit of relief” as average gasoline prices exceed US$5 a gallon. The tax is 18.4 cents on regular gasoline and 24.4 cents

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What is curtailment? An electricity market expert explains

Curtailment has a special meaning in electric power systems. It describes any action that reduces the amount of electricity generated to maintain the balance between supply and demand – which is critical for avoiding blackouts. Recently, curtailment has made news

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Fact check: False claim that a 1997 boycott lowered gas prices by 30 cents a gallon in one day

Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Ted Kury shares his insights to help debunk a recent Facebook post claiming that a ‘gas out’ in April 1997 caused gas prices to dip by 30 cents a gallon overnight.  Read

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Would gas tax breaks make a big difference when prices are skyrocketing? We asked 4 experts

With gasoline prices trending over US$4 per gallon nationwide, politicians are feeling the heat. In response, Maryland and Georgia have temporarily waived their state gasoline taxes to reduce the burden on consumers. Other states are considering similar actions, and some

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Examining the scope and scale of PG&E’s plan to bury 10,000 miles of power lines

Pacific Gas & Electric came out last week with a cost estimate for the first phase of its plan to put thousands of miles of power lines underground, ballparking it at $9 billion to $13.5 billion according to the San

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No easy decisions to ensure a resilient power grid

While there are steps utilities can take to harden the grid, there still are circumstances when the power will go out — especially during climate-driven disasters like wildfires and tropical storms. Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Ted

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Hurricane Ida turns spotlight on Louisiana power grid issues

The dismal state of power in Hurricane Ida’s wake is a distressingly familiar scenario for Entergy Corp. Louisiana’s largest electrical utility has grappled with other widespread outages after numerous previous hurricanes. Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Ted

One of the less flooded steets in downtown New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Can burying power lines protect storm-wracked electric grids? Not always.

The good news when Hurricane Ida churned into Louisiana on Aug. 29, 2021 was that levees held up – especially those that were strengthened after Hurricane Katrina flooded New Orleans in 2005. The bad news: In many places, power systems

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Challenges and Opportunities of Climate Action Plans at Educational Institutions

Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Ted Kury explains why institutional climate action plans are necessary to understanding the impact that a transition to a less-intrusive environmental footprint has on the way colleges and universities serve their communities. 

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Tesla plan to sell electricity in Texas would cut out the ‘middleman’

Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Ted Kury explains how Tesla’s plan could make them a unique player in the market and how regulators will need to weigh the implications of such a move.  Read Kury’s expert thoughts