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Michigan will require additional capacity, along with improvements in demand management and efficiency to meet its energy needs. Using more renewable sources will help only modestly. Nuclear power needs to play a central role.

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Working on an economic story today? Here’s the latest from AEI experts on today’s economic stories.

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Retiring the Jones Act – the nearly century-old legislative relic of the past that drives up energy prices and conflicts with the U.S. goal of achieving greater energy independence – is long overdue.

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The impact of the shale revolution in the United States on global energy markets has been huge.

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Several new energy milestones were reached recently that reflect America’s emerging status as an energy superpower.

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A balanced mix of energy options is an essential characteristic of a robust and resilient system.

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The Ivanpah solar plant has produced about one-quarter the energy promised. Now the owners of the project have applied for a half-billion-dollar grant to pay off a large portion of its original federally guaranteed loan.

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It is far from clear that methanol could compete as a transportation fuel.

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The automobile stands as an enduring symbol of mobility and opportunity in America — and of innovation that’s at the core of our nation’s economic strength and prosperity.

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As the controversy over climate policy has grown, it has been said that greenhouse gas (GHG) control is too hard but solar radiation management (SRM) is too easy. Join AEI for a discussion of the potential economic benefits, as well as the risks of SRM with Lee Lane, J. Eric Bickel and Nobel Laureate Thomas Schelling. A reception will follow.

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Among all the problems that have surfaced as a result of using ethanol as an alternative to gasoline, one is especially troubling. It can damage automobile engines and fuel systems.

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