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By Ernest Moniz
President and CEO, Energy Futures Initiative; Former U.S. Secretary of Energy
" I recently unveiled the framework for a ‘Green Real Deal' on behalf of the Energy Futures Initiative.... Building upon several months of analytical work, the Green Real Deal framework offers broad principles that are based on a commitment to realistic, actionable, and meaningful progress towards a low-carbon economy.

"The Green  New  Deal, a congressional resolution, does not offer detailed energy sector-specific technology or policy solutions for achieving its ambitious agenda. While it has helped shine an important spotlight on the climate crisis, elements of the resolution, such as going to zero carbon in a 10-year time frame, are largely impractical. And if we start putting out impractical targets, we may lose a lot of key constituencies who we need to bring along to have a real low-carbon solution on the most rapid time frame that we can achieve.

"....The principles of the Green Real Deal are designed to foster a broad coalition and turn climate ambitions into meaningful actions. I encourage you to review the full document , and I welcome your feedback." Read more.
  1. Which of the principles do you see as the most important in terms of fostering meaningful progress towards a low-carbon economy?
  2. Which principle(s) are likely to represent the greatest barrier in terms of creating and adopting meaningful legislation? What options are there to mitigate these barrier(s)?
This is our featured discussion for the month of October. Read more about the change to the frequency of our discussions and other updates in last week's newsletter . In addition to our monthly discussions, we will continue to host discussions by and for members of Congress, congressional committees, and other government officials.
New Publications
Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University
October 7, 2019
Center for Strategic and
International Studies
October 1, 2019
Find these new publications and others in the OurEnergyLibrary.
Podcast Spotlight

In this special Greentech Media podcast episode , produced in collaboration with CohnReznick Capital, the Energy Gang sits down with Managing Director Britta von Oesen to unpack some of the biggest policy uncertainties in the United States and what they mean for renewables.
Update from Congress

Legislation Updates

  • Fri, Oct 4 - The Alaska Remote Generator Reliability and Protection Act (S. 163) was signed into law by President Trump. It will relax Environmental Protection Agency emission regulations for diesel generators used by communities in remote Alaska. These generators have been having difficulty operating with emission control technologies and are crucial for supplying power to residents, especially in periods of extreme cold. The bill was introduced by Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-AK) in January 2019 and cosponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). It passed the Senate with unanimous consent in May and the House without objection in September (see details on full progression of the bill). Read more from KTUU News and Alaska Public Media.


Source: " Maintaining Nuclear Power in a Zero-Emission Strategy ," Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), with data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) Annual Energy Outlook.
Featured Events
This Week
Washington, D.C.
  • When: Tues, October 8, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • Where: Center for Strategic and International Studies, 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036 United States

San Francisco, CA
  • When: Fri, October 11, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Where: Colorbloq, 435 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
  • When: Thurs, Oct 17
  • Where: Hilton San Francisco Financial District, 750 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108

  • When: Thurs, Oct 31, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • Where: Bipartisan Policy Center, 1225 Eye Street N.W., Suite 1000, Washington, D.C. 20005

  • When: Tues-Thurs, Nov 19-21
  • Where: Anaheim Convention Center, 800 W Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92802
  • Special Offer: We have a special offer on the ticket price from our partner, the American Energy Society. If you are interested, please contact

To see more upcoming energy events across the country, visit the OEP Events Calendar .
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