Energy Past Projects 2017-06-17T13:17:12+00:00

Energy: Past Projects

U.S. Offshore Wind Leadership Summit

Facing the potential and expected growth of offshore wind energy development, the Keystone Policy Center partnered with the University of Delaware’s Special Initiative for Offshore Wind to host the U.S. Offshore Wind Leadership Summit in March 2015. The summit, attended by U.S. offshore wind try leaders and their European counterparts, discussed the challenges and opportunities associated with new offshore wind technologies, growing public and private investments in offshore wind, and other emerging issues.

The Keystone Policy Center’s work was instrumental in helping the University of Delaware’s Special Initiative for Offshore Wind’s team to define the agenda; conduct stakeholder interviews; and facilitate the discussions over the course of the two-day meeting. The summit resulted in a platform of critical, near-term strategic actions that the participants agreed to carry forward.

EPA State Climate and Energy Technical Forum

Working with EPA’s state and local branches, the Keystone Policy Center facilitated a series of monthly forums for state energy, environment, and public utility commission staff to exchange their lessons learned in the implementation of programs and policies that promote clean energy. The State Clean Energy-Environment Technical Forum explored analytical questions and attempts to resolve key issues of state clean energy efforts, such as measuring benefits, implementing policy drivers, collaborating with other state agencies, and directing financing and marketing programs.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Partnership Policy Forum

The EPA CHP Partnership sponsored a monthly webinar forum for industry and utilities on barriers and opportunities to advance clean distributed generation and combined heat and power. The Keystone Policy Center helped plan and facilitate the forum, which provided an opportunity for ongoing dialogue among the private-sector and nonprofit participants to learn about the technical challenges, policy solutions, and resources available in other parts of the country.

Department of Energy/NREL Collaborative Energy Analysis Workshop

The Keystone Policy Center helped plan and facilitate a two-day workshop for state and federal agencies to identify specific energy analysis goals and activities. Workshop participants identified high-priority energy issues for both analysts and decision-makers that should be addressed in the next five to 10 years, and developed work plans (including work groups for implementation) for interagency and industry collaboration for each energy analysis topic:

  • The improvement of deployment partnerships between industry and government
  • Better representation of energy technologies and demand response in energy analysis tools
  • Development of better program impact evaluation tools
  • Development of better policy analysis tools
  • Integration of information at the state and federal levels

Keystone also facilitated a session to explore longer-term energy analysis needs for consideration at future workshops.

Advancing Energy Innovation

The Keystone Policy Center facilitated the Advancing Energy Innovation Regional Dialogues in 2013 based on the recognition that consumers across all end-use sectors are demanding more efficient and reliable energy delivery, greater control over their energy use, better public policies that address extreme weather and its effect on their homes, families, and businesses, and more cost-effective energy efficiency and renewable energy products and services.

With the collaborative support of advisers across the energy policy and technology spectrum, and with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the Advancing Energy Innovation Regional Dialogues fostered discussions on these issues at the state and regional level. Keystone’s work helped participants design collaborative win-win strategies that encourage innovation, productivity, and competition, while ensuring that customer and supplier benefits and risks are appropriately balanced and shared.

Nuclear Power Joint Fact-Finding Dialogue

In an effort to identify trusted experts and information sources who could help answer questions and build a common base of knowledge about the costs, benefits, and risks of nuclear power, the Keystone Policy Center brought together a group of representatives from environmental and consumer advocates, nuclear industry, academics, and state and federal agencies. Throughout 2006, participants worked together to develop and answer important questions that will serve as a constructive foundation for future dialogue about balancing the risks and benefits of nuclear power and alternative technologies in addressing climate change.

Duke Energy Environmental Advisory Meetings

In order to help Duke Energy enhance and strengthen its relationships with external stakeholders, the Keystone Policy Center facilitated a series of advisory meetings for the company from 2008 through 2014. The meetings, attended by representatives from Duke and environmental and energy advocacy organizations, served as a productive forum to both share information and discuss the relevant policy issues faced by all parties.