The OurEnergyLibrary aggregates and indexes publicly available fact sheets, journal articles, reports, studies, and other publications on U.S. energy topics. It is updated every week to include the most recent energy resources from academia, government, industry, non-profits, think tanks, and trade associations. Suggest a resource by emailing us at email@example.com.
In a report co-authored by Columbia University’s Centre on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) and the Global CCS Institute titled ‘Net Zero and Geospheric Return: Actions today for 2030’, findings reveal that climate finance policies and the development of carbon dioxide removal technologies need to grow rapidly within the next 10 years in order to curb climate change and hit net-zero targets.
The report unveils several additional key findings and recommendations to avoid climate catastrophe:
– With 2020 set to close the hottest decade on record, CO2 emissions need to drop by 50% to achieve net-zero climate goals by 2030…View Full Resource
With projections that DER capacity could reach 397 gigawatts in five years, utilities need to plan for a growing number of technical challenges within the grid. Anticipation of increased DER adoption, technology advancements and expanding clean energy goals are prompting reevaluation of current distribution planning practices, with a handful of states shifting towards “integrated distribution planning” (IDP). As other states and utilities follow, a deep understanding of IDP and the key challenges and considerations utilities, regulators and other stakeholders may face is valuable. Download this report to get what no others offer: the essentials to demystify IDP – from a …View Full Resource
The 2020 edition of the bp Energy Outlook explores possible paths for the global energy transition, how global energy markets may evolve over the next thirty years and the key uncertainties that may shape them. Looking out to 2050 – a decade further than in previous editions – the Outlook is focused around three main scenarios.
In the main scenarios it considers, global energy demand continues to grow for at least part of the period to 2050. However, over this time, the structure of energy demand fundamentally shifts, with a declining role for fossil fuels offset by an increasing share …View Full Resource
The Sunshine State is a natural fit for rooftop solar energy. Florida’s solar resource potential ranks highest on the East Coast, enough to easily meet all of the state’s electricity needs. Despite the great resource, Florida has not been at the forefront of solar energy adoption to date.
This report, co-authored by Vote Solar and Solar United Neighbors, lays out the facts about Florida’s emerging solar market, focusing on a cornerstone rooftop solar policy called “net metering.”…View Full Resource
This working paper draws on the latest economic research to demonstrate how climate policy and investments in low-carbon infrastructure can reboot America’s economy and set it up for long-term success. On the other hand, delaying action on climate will further expose the United States to costly damages from climate impacts, air pollution, and public health crises.
The United States has made substantial progress towards a low-carbon economy over the past several years. Low-carbon technologies have become more efficient and affordable, and U.S. clean energy investment and deployment grew to new heights, creating millions of jobs. Whether this continues will depend …View Full Resource
This SEE Action Network report explains basic concepts and fundamental considerations for assessing the actual demand flexibility performance of buildings participating in demand flexibility programs and responding to time-varying retail rates. Demand flexibility is the capability of distributed energy resources (DERs) to adjust a building’s load profile across different timescales. Assessments determine the timing, location, quantity, and quality of grid services provided.
The results can be used for financial settlements and to improve performance of demand flexibility, support its consideration in resource potential studies and electricity system planning, and contribute to cost-effectiveness evaluations.
While practitioners and regulators regularly find opportunities …View Full Resource
China is the world’s leading emitter of heat-trapping gases, by far. In 2019, Chinese emissions were greater than emissions from the United States, the European Union, and Japan combined. There is no solution to climate change without China.
China’s response to climate change is a study in contrasts. China leads the world in solar power, wind power, and electric vehicle deployment, but also in coal consumption. The Chinese government has adopted some of the world’s most ambitious energy efficiency and forest conservation policies, but is financing a significant expansion of coal-fired power plant capacity at home and abroad. China’s leaders …View Full Resource
From mass unemployment to the threat of climate change, the U.S. will face a number of seemingly unprecedented challenges even after the current public health tragedy has passed. Finding needed solutions won’t be easy and will require creative thinking, robust analysis, and political resolve. The good news is that these challenges also present opportunities, particularly in terms of the economic development and job creation associated with decarbonizing America’s economy.
Based on an extensive industrial and engineering analysis, our new report demonstrates that an aggressive national commitment to electrify all aspects of our economy would create up to 25 million good-paying …View Full Resource
A new report from the consulting firm UxC projects that if the United States supplies nuclear energy equipment and technology to support a share of the IPCC’s projected requirement for new nuclear power, U.S. export revenues could range between $1.3 trillion and $1.9 trillion.
UxC analyzed global and regional nuclear power outlooks to 2050 based on scenarios presented in the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) October 2018 report, Global Warming of 1.5°C.
U.S. nuclear suppliers have opportunities in new reactors of conventional as well as small and advanced designs, maintaining and fueling the global fleet of reactors, …View Full Resource
The paper reviews the principles of border adjustment, the principal design choices policymakers would face when establishing a border adjustment for a carbon tax, and the implications of different design choices. It also provides a high-level overview of border adjustments proposed in the carbon tax bills pending in the U.S. Congress. The paper concludes with some recommendations for border adjustment design and questions for future research.…View Full Resource