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Some 418 million children worldwide receive at least one school meal per day. However, in developing countries, most school meals are prepared using rudimentary, polluting biomass stove-and-fuel combinations, with unknown costs to the health of students and personnel, school finances, and the local environment. Scant data on the scale of the problem has limited the sector’s visibility, resulting in few investments being designed to meet the clean cooking needs of schools. This report uses primary and secondary data to examine the issue in schools of low- and middle-income countries, with a strong focus on Sub-Saharan Africa, where the access deficit …View Full Resource
In recent decades, the U.S. has not been able to construct the volume of high-voltage backbone transmission facilities needed to support the country’s move to a ‘greener’ power system. The fact remains, though, that power generation infrastructure in the U.S. is changing fast with the growth of technologies including solar and wind power generation, as well as energy storage. Facilitating that change will require a grid that is able to reliably and cost-effectively deliver power to users. The inability to build backbone transmission infrastructure thwarts customer demands for a ‘greener’ power mix.
This report offers perspectives from a range of …
By 2050, the OES Roadmap targets have outlined that there is the potential for wave and tidal stream technologies (referred to collectively as ocean energy technologies) to contribute 300GW of renewable energy generation capacity to the global Net Zero transition. This installed capacity of ocean energy also has the capability to create 680,000 jobs, generate $340 billion in gross value added (GVA), and prevent over 500 million tonnes of carbon emissions.…View Full Resource
Energy investors are increasingly questioning the fate of new U.S. laws designed to accelerate cleantech deployment as the country enters a highly contentious 2024 national election cycle. The response by the U.S. financial sector to the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and the clean energy provisions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and the Chips Act has been extraordinary in scale yet lopsided in impact.
The future of sectors such as renewable power, batteries, electric vehicles, advanced nuclear, and low-carbon hydrogen or carbon capture and storage (CCUS) could hinge on what happens to the IRA and the clean energy provisions of the …
In this report, Strategen assesses the proposed resource plan set forth by Public Service Company of Colorado (“PSCo”) in Phase II of their 2021 Electric Resource Plan (“ERP”), also known as the 120-Day Report. In this plan, PSCo takes commendable strides towards decarbonization, proposing an 80% reduction in carbon emissions from 2005 levels by 2030 and retiring all coal plants in the process. However, the proposed plan also includes over 600 MW of new natural gas combustion turbine (“CT”) peaker plants in operation by 2027, longterm investments that will restrict PSCo’s ability to eventually achieve a fully decarbonized system.
On October 30th, the US Department of Energy (DOE) released the National Transmission Needs Study to map out how the nation’s fractured electricity transmission system could be overhauled to accommodate the surge in new renewable generation and achieve decarbonization goals. The DOE identified several major obstacles to the energy transition, which would be addressed by expanding the grid. Two of the proposed solutions, in particular, could create potential lucrative opportunities for investors. …View Full Resource
The energy transition towards a more sustainable and renewable future is a pivotal global endeavor. Central to this shift for the United States is the critical role of domestically sourced lithium, a key mineral in the production of high-performance batteries essential for electric vehicles and renewable energy storage systems. This has driven the United States to invest heavily in a domestic supply chain for battery-grade lithium to enhance energy security, reduce supply chain vulnerabilities, and foster economic growth by tapping into local resources. The “Salton Sea Known Geothermal Resource Area” in Imperial County, California has been identified as a potential …View Full Resource
Nuclear energy can play a vital role in helping the US—and the globe—meet mid-century climate goals. But any such role for nuclear depends on overcoming the significant if under-appreciated challenges posed by the current nuclear licensing process in the US. Put simply, getting a new nuclear project licensed is time-consuming and expensive. This report focuses on a singular element of the licensing process that has drawn particular scrutiny for the resources it demands: the so-called mandatory hearing.
Dating to a 1957 amendment to the Atomic Energy Act (AEA) of 1954, the mandatory hearing was put in place during the early …View Full Resource
The study analyzes the evolving role of solar+storage for home backup power during long-duration power interruptions. In particular, it evaluates how required storage sizing is impacted as homes become more efficient, flexible, and electrified. The study relies on NREL’s ResStock building modeling platform to create statistically representative distributions of the existing building stock in ten locations across the United States. It then shows how the amount battery storage required for backup power rises or falls as a series of building envelope efficiency, load flexibility, and electrification measures are applied across the building stock in each region. The study also includes …View Full Resource
States are increasingly interested in gas distribution system planning and the role that demand-side resources can play in maintaining an affordable, reliable, equitable, and low-carbon energy system. In particular, public utility commissions and utilities are exploring the role of non-pipeline alternatives (NPA) – an investment or activity that defers, reduces, or avoids the need to construct or replace a pipeline – in gas distribution system planning.
NPAs are an emerging cost and risk mitigation tool that can provide gas utilities with an opportunity to reduce emissions, gas system costs, and customer risk by avoiding unnecessary infrastructure spending. Rather than address …View Full Resource