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Inside EPA Features EIRP Working Paper on Clean Energy Standards

Inside EPA, a leading trade publication monitoring environmental policy and the Environmental Protection Agency, published an extensive report on EIRP CEO Samuel Thernstrom’s paper, “Clean Energy Standards: Securing the Future of the Electric Power Sector.” Inside EPA is available at; full text reprinted with permission.

EIRP CEO Samuel Thernstrom Questions Climate Impact of EPA Power Plant Rules

EIRP CEO Samuel Thernstrom argues that the Biden administration’s new EPA power plant rules share fundamental characteristics with Obama administration rules struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court and will likely lose in court as well. In his op-ed, “If EPA’s latest power plant rules seem familiar, don’t get fooled again!,” Thernstrom argues that the Inflation Reduction Act’s tax credits will be insufficient to decarbonize America’s power sector without a clear regulatory (and deregulatory) framework. He concludes that a well-designed clean energy standard would provide an essential complement to the IRA.

EIRP U.S.-Korea Energy Series – Working Paper No. 4

Contributing the fourth paper in EIRP’s US-Korea Energy Series, Hanyang University’s Younkyoo Kim provides a South Korean perspective on US-China competition surrounding EV battery supply chains as well as US-South Korea cooperation in addressing it. He gives special attention to South Korea’s dependence on China as a challenge for policymakers.

EIRP U.S.-Korea Energy Series – Working Paper No. 3

In the third paper in EIRP’s US-Korea Energy Series, David Gattie and Chase Duncan of the University of Georgia’s Center for International Trade and Security address China’s dominance of electric vehicle battery supply chains and how further US-Korea cooperation could support American policy goals.

EIRP Working Paper – Clean Energy Standards

Innovation and deployment incentives are essential for cost-effective decarbonization of the electric power sector—but are they sufficient? Will the combination of clean energy tax credits and EPA regulations be sufficient to structure a successful energy transition? No, argues EIRP’s chief executive officer, Samuel Thernstrom, in this white paper.

Video: Restoring America’s Nuclear Energy Leadership and Exports

On April 2, 2024, EIRP and the Center for the National Interest co-sponsored a panel discussion of EIRP’s new report, Restoring America’s Nuclear Energy Leadership and Exports. Speakers included Assistant Secretary of Energy Kathryn Huff, former Centrus Energy CEO Daniel Poneman, and leading experts on U.S. nuclear energy and nonproliferation policy.

Restoring America’s Nuclear Energy Leadership and Exports

In this EIRP policy report, EIRP Senior Advisor Paul Saunders argues that today’s U.S. nuclear energy policies–accumulated over decades, from the beginning of the nuclear age–have not kept up with realities. To restore U.S. nuclear energy leadership and exports, the United States should modernize its approach to civil nuclear cooperation to account for changing geopolitics, technology, markets, and priorities. The report calls for new policies to innovate, accelerate, facilitate, and cooperate.

EIRP Russia Energy Series – Russia’s Coal Sector

In the sixth installment of EIRP’s working paper series on Russia’s global energy role, Irina Mironova examines the least prominent of Russia’s fossil fuel industries, but one that forms the backbone of Russia’s railway system and whose workers have had outsized political impact in the past. While Russia has been largely able to redirect its coal exports following its invasion of Ukraine, the sector faces important challenges ahead.

EIRP Russia Energy Series – Energy Exports to China and India

In the seventh and final paper in EIRP’s Russia Energy Series, independent energy analyst Timur Kulakhmetov assesses Russia’s oil and natural gas exports to China and India as well as prospects for the future. In each case, he links future export growth to Russia’s efforts to develop Arctic energy production and Russia’s Northern Sea Route.