All posts by Matt Kasper

Matt Kasper is the Research Director at the Energy & Policy Institute. He focuses on defending policies that further the development of clean energy sources. He also frequently focuses on the companies and their front groups that obstruct policy solutions to global warming. Before joining the Energy & Policy Institute, Matt was a research assistant at the Center for American Progress where he worked on various state and local policy issues, including renewable energy standards. His work has appeared in The Guardian, the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other outlets.

Coal Ash Still Considered Non-Hazardous by the EPA, Despite Evidence to the Contrary

After years of delay, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first federal regulations for the disposal of coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning coal at power plants that...

/ December 23, 2014

Florida Regulators Weaken Energy Efficiency Goals for Utilities

The Florida Public Service Commission voted today to gut the state’s energy efficiency goals by more than 90 percent for electric utilities (Duke Energy Florida, Florida Power & Light, Gulf...

/ November 25, 2014

Arizona’s Energy Efficiency Program Attacked

Last week, Arizona regulators filed a plan to eliminate the state’s energy efficiency program. The Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) staff submitted the proposal on Tuesday and the five commissioners will...

/ November 10, 2014

Atlantic Offshore Drilling Plans Continue: Fossil Fuel Front Groups Meet Privately With Federal Agencies

Update March 15, 2016: The Obama administration said it will not auction off drilling rights for Atlantic Ocean waters off the coast of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. However, the Department of Interior will consider the...

/ November 7, 2014

The 2014 Midterm Election Results: Implications for Energy and Environment Policies

The 2014 midterm elections will have implications on a variety of issues across the country and throughout all levels of government. Many people will be analyzing the events and decisions...

/ November 5, 2014

Message to Dems: Natural Gas Won’t Save the Climate

Last week, a study published in the journal Nature found that the increase in global natural gas consumption “is not necessarily an effective substitute for climate change mitigation policy.” The...

/ October 23, 2014

Koch-Backed American Energy Alliance Releases Misleading Poll

Today, the American Energy Alliance (AEA) released a poll regarding the EPA’s plan to cut carbon emissions, and federal tax credits for clean energy like the wind Production Tax Credit....

/ September 9, 2014

Wall Street and Regulators Choose Solar Over Fossil Fuels

Wall Street Favors Solar As Utilities Face Financial Threat For the past few decades the electricity sector in the U.S. has faced almost no competition and enjoyed access to cheap...

/ August 6, 2014

The External Costs of Fossil Fuels; Environmental and Health Value of Solar

Introduction Ratepayers and customers have been led to believe that a power plant burning coal or natural gas is the cheapest form of electricity and therefore, should be prioritized over...

/ August 6, 2014

How to Secure the Grid and Save Ratepayers Money

Background: The Aging Power Grid Knowing of how the electrical system works is critical to understanding why and how solar energy benefits the power grid. The U.S. electric grid consists...

/ August 6, 2014