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RAND energy and environmental analyses examine the implications of existing and proposed energy policies on the environment. Building on a long history of policy research, RAND helps balance the need for environmental protections and economic development.

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    Commentary

    The Downside of a Lean Electric Grid

    Oct 13, 2020

    The electric grid is central to U.S. national security. Recent disasters provide an object lesson of the downsides of leanness. It is more costly to be less lean, but given our absolute dependence on the electric grid and the increasing prevalence of disasters, safety and resilience may be greater priorities than running lean.

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    Project

    Supporting Puerto Rico's Disaster Recovery Planning

    Sep 30, 2020

    In response to Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017, RAND researchers supported the development of Puerto Rico's economic and disaster-recovery plan. They collected and analyzed damage and needs information, and developed and costed recovery actions that addressed multiple areas of need.

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