Increasing prices to levels that reflect the costs of production sends a signal that electricity is a valuable commodity.
Indonesia will freeze electricity prices until the end of 2019, a presidential election year. Research shows that earlier cuts to electricity subsidies led to improved efficiency in electricity use.
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Reforms to fossil fuel subsidies must be combined with effective anti-poverty policies.
Construction at Plant Vogtle, Georgia, Dec. 1, 2014.
Nuclear power provides 60 percent of US carbon-free electricity generation, but existing plants are aging and only one is under construction. Should government intervene to keep nuclear energy in the mix?
Canada’s NAFTA strategy is in big trouble. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is seen here meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in February 2017.
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Instead of treating the Trump administration as a campaign adversary, Canada needs to start working with the United States to renegotiate a NAFTA that serves both countries, not regimes like China.
Coal stockpile at Valley Power Plant, Milwaukee, Wis.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has rejected a Trump administration proposal to reward coal and nuclear power plants for storing fuel on-site, as a way to make the power system more reliable.
Making sense of the Department of Energy’s plan.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission normally works in obscurity, but is in the spotlight as it considers a proposal to support coal and nuclear power plants that are having trouble competing.
Applications to list drugs on the PBS are usually submitted by the manufacturers of those drugs.
Some argue the current system of subsidising drugs in Australia needs changing to accommodate new cancer therapies. But two recent drug listings show the current system is working perfectly well.
Demolishing the coal-fired R.E. Burger Power Station in Shadyside, Ohio, July 29, 2016.
Energy Secretary Rick Perry has proposed to reward coal plants for stockpiling fuel onsite – allegedly making the power system more reliable. Two economists give this idea a failing grade.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republican leaders at the Capitol on June 6, 2017.
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Senate Republicans have been trying to find a way to get enough votes to repeal Obamacare. Here's how their delay could lead to a result they did not expect – more Medicaid.
Pres. Trump and HHS Secretary Tom Price in the Oval Office on March 24, 2017, the day the original version of the AHCA was pulled.
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Pres. Trump has been saying for months that Obamacare will 'explode' on its own. He and HHS Secretary Tom Price have a lot of power to make it do so, thus making it appear that law was a failure.
Melva Watt, right, senior Medicaid interviewer, assists a patient with her application for Medicaid through the New York State Marketplace.
House Speaker Paul Ryan called the new health care proposal an 'act of mercy.' The bill could help the healthy and wealthy, but it is unlikely to be merciful to the poor.
A significant number of young South Africans struggle to find jobs.
While South Africa's youth unemployment is a structural matter, the country must find ways to alleviate the challenges in the short-term.
Chinese graduates celebrate. A university degree is a passport to a better life
There is no such thing as ‘free higher education’. Someone has to pay. And the reality is that low, or no tuition fees benefit middle and high-income families.
Will nuclear subsidies stifle competition?
A former state regulator and member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission argues that subsidizing reactors to keep them running is unnecessary and will be bad for consumers and the environment.
The FitzPatrick nuclear plant in Oswego, New York will receive state subsidies to continue operating through 2029.
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A nuclear engineer makes the case that nuclear power plants are important resources and should receive economic rewards for providing steady supplies of carbon-free electricity.
Spark of life? The global steel market has no thought for the UK industry.
It should be no surprise that a once great industry has lost its edge – the shine dullened a while ago.
Cooling enthusiasm. Is a key part of climate change mitigation going up in smoke?
A technology designed to reduce the effect of fossil fuels on the climate has received £1 bln in subsidies and has nothing to show for it.
A new Grattan Institute report suggests solar panels in Australia might be more trouble than they are worth.
The Grattan Institute has reported that the costs of solar panels have outweighed the benefits by almost A$10 billion in Australia. But the real benefits of cutting greenhouse emissions are much larger.
As China realises the unpriced costs of coal power, such as air pollution, coal production is starting to fall.
China's falling coal production suggests the world is waking up to the real cost of coal, calculated as $5.3 trillion in a report released this week.
Would cold hard cash help get Australians out of their cars and onto their bikes?
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Australian governments heavily subsidise car, bus and train commuting, but not cycling. Yet a new survey shows many workers would consider riding to work if they got paid for it, and most would even support…