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2018 - Issue 4

CLOSUP has been busy this Fall, continuing the release of reports for the 10th Anniversary of the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE), a partnership between CLOSUP and the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. Our student policy analysts have been working on a range of new projects, from financing options to replace lead water service lines to renewable energy ballot initiatives to the taxation of methane emissions. And CLOSUP researchers have been weighing in on federal, state, and local policy. Below you can read more about some of the highlights from CLOSUP’s Energy and Environmental Policy Initiative.

NSEE@10 Report:

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Solar, Wind, and State Mandates: 10 Years of Renewable Energy in the NSEE

This report considers how American attitudes about renewable energy policies—and solar and wind energy, more specifically—have changed over the last decade, and the extent to which Americans are willing to pay more for renewable energy.

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Student Research:


State Renewable Energy Legislation

As part of her internship with the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), funded through the Ford School Renewable Energy Support Fund, MPP student Anne Kolesnikoff contributed to NCSL’s Renewable Energy Legislative Update 2017.

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Student Award:


Poster on Renewable Energy and State Farmland Preservation Policies

CLOSUP Policy Analyst Ian McKenny won an award for best poster at the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program’s Summer Symposium. Ian is continuing his research on the treatment of renewable energy infrastructure within farmland preservation policies.

Book Launch Event:


Can We Price Carbon?

CLOSUP director Barry Rabe formally launched his new book at the Ford School with a conversation moderated by John Milewski of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Conference Presentations:


CLOSUP and Muhlenberg Present on NSEE@10

CLOSUP researchers Natalie Fitzpatrick, Barry Rabe, and Sarah Mills were joined by collaborator Chris Borick of Muhlenberg College to present key findings from the National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE) at the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Conference.

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EEPI In the News:

- Associated Press talks to Barry about the Washington State carbon fee ballot proposal
- Sarah Mills writes about renewable energy for The Conversation
- Findings from the NSEE cited by CNN
- Local papers cover Sarah Mills’ presentations on wind energy

What’s Next for the Energy & Environmental Policy Initiative?

- Student Working Paper: Attitudes about Climate Change in Rural America
- Fall 2018 findings from the NSEE
- Research announced for the May 2019 Renewable Energy Policy Initiative Workshop