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The gas tax’s tortured history shows how hard it is to fund new infrastructure

As the Biden administration and Republicans negotiate a possible infrastructure spending package, how to pay for it has been a key sticking point. President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress want to raise taxes on the rich, while some Republicans

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Three things every state can learn from the Texas utility meltdown

Late-night hosts and pundits were quick to poke fun at the Texas power system when scenes of winter storm devastation there began rolling in. But the challenges facing Texas are not unique to Texas. Similar organizations control electricity in much

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Biden Administration Approved Texas Power Request, Contrary to False Claim

Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Dr. Ted Kury helps inform this fact checking story about the U.S. Department of Energy approving a request to allow power plants in snowstorm-battered Texas to temporarily bypass some environmental limits during

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How the Texas electricity system produced low-cost power but left residents out in the cold

Americans often take electricity for granted – until the lights go out. The recent cold wave and storm in Texas have placed considerable focus on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT, the nonprofit corporation that manages the flow

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Why do different countries have different electric outlet plugs?

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com. Why do different countries have different electric outlet plugs? – Evie H., age 9, Seattle,

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How wind and solar toppled Exxon from its place as America’s top energy company

“In early October, the world passed a milestone in the clean energy transition that, until very recently, seemed unthinkable: Exxon was unseated as the most valuable energy company in America,” writes Tim McDonnell.  Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies

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Billions of dollars of delinquent power bills — Who will pay?

Since the pandemic, many states have implemented a moratorium on disconnecting utilities. That’s kept the lights on and water running for millions of people unable to pay their utility bills. But those moratoria are expiring and already unpaid electric and

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Delinquent electric bills from the pandemic are coming due – who will pay them?

The shutdowns and restrictions that governments have imposed to limit the spread of COVID-19 have made it hard for many households to afford basic needs. Thousands of Americans are struggling to pay monthly utility bills. Utilities and policymakers recognized that

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From severe weather to pandemic, energy expert outlines challenges ahead for utility industry

In the latest episode of Con Edison’s “Plugged In,” noted energy expert Dr. Ted Kury of the Public Utility Research Center gives his take on the two big issues confronting energy companies in 2020: severe weather and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Can electrical systems be made less vulnerable to storms?

After Tropical Storm Isaias took out the power in New York City, reporter Pat Kiernan of NY1 asked Public Utility Research Center Director of Energy Studies Ted Kury about possible solutions to making utilities less vulnerable to storms. See what