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Electric power markets in the United States are undergoing significant structural change that we believe, based on planning data we collect, will result in the installation of the ability of large–scale battery storage to contribute 10,000 megawatts to the grid between 2021 and 2023—10 times the capacity in 2019.
Energy storage plays a pivotal role in enabling power grids to function with more flexibility and resilience. In this report, we provide data on trends in battery storage capacity installations in the United States through 2019, including information on installation size, …View Full Resource
Floating offshore wind farms should be the next big thing in the wind industry. But catalyzing greater private investment and reducing costs will require large-scale demonstration to increase confidence from investors that the technology works as intended.
A floating wind farm is exactly what it sounds like—an array of wind turbines on floating platforms instead of fixed foundations rooted to the seabed. Each floating platform is tethered to the seabed with mooring lines and anchors that prevent it from drifting off. Floating wind turbines are important because they can be installed in deep waters where much of the world’s wind …View Full Resource
This report reviews and compares the damage to California’s economy from recent climate-related disasters and risks from future unabated climate change to the potential impact specific climate action policies could have on job and economic growth in the state’s core industries such as technology, construction, agriculture, and tourism. …View Full Resource
Many climate change adaptation strategies require considerable energy use, yet the role of reliable, affordable, and modern renewable energy services in climate adaptation is not widely acknowledged in policy making or practice.
By providing ‘greener infrastructure’ for the most climate-vulnerable countries or sectors, renewable energy opens adaptation pathways that also promote mitigation and reinforce adaptation efforts in other sectors synchronously. Hence, renewables need to be integrated into decision-making and planning processes of adaptation projects.
This Staff Technical Paper builds conceptual links between renewable energy and climate change adaptation by illustrating the opportunity renewable energy provides for well-designed, effective, and comprehensive …View Full Resource
Clean hydrogen is experiencing unprecedented momentum as confidence in its ability to accelerate decarbonization efforts across multiple sectors is rising. New projects are announced almost every week. For example, an international developer, Intercontinental Energy, plans to build a plant in Oman that will produce almost 2 million tons of clean hydrogen and 10 million tons of clean ammonia.Dozens of other large-scale projects and several hundred smaller ones are already in the planning stage. Similarly, on the demand side, hydrogen is gaining support from customers. Prominent off-takers such as oil majors like Shell and bp, steelmakers like ThyssenKrupp, and …View Full Resource
The United States is facing tremendous challenges due to a confluence of events, including the COVID pandemic, the consequences of climate change and the resulting economic impacts. The Biden Administration has a unique opportunity to leverage the power of public procurement to Build Back Better and strengthen U.S. manufacturers by implementing a Federal Buy Clean Program. This program would require all federally funded infrastructure projects to consider the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions generated, and where appropriate the energy efficiency of specific plants, in the manufacture of the materials they purchase and preferentially award contracts to manufacturers whose production methodologies yield …View Full Resource
The benefits of additional research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) for advanced energy technologies are likely to greatly exceed the costs. The additional funding authorized by the Energy Act of 2020 for the five technologies we consider would generate projected societal benefits averaging $30 billion in present value per technology during 2040–2060.
Twenty-six experts in advanced nuclear, advanced geothermal, energy storage, natural gas with carbon capture and sequestration (NG-CCS), and direct air capture (DAC) projected the effects of the additional RD&D funding on the future costs of the technologies. The experts expect the additional funding to reduce the costs of the …View Full Resource
Before many environmental organizations began sounding the alarm on climate change, environmental justice (EJ) groups had been warning the public that pollution was harming Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color and low-income communities.
Activists and researchers have shown how these groups face disproportionate levels of exposure to dangerous chemicals, poorer air and water quality, and greater risk from the devastating impacts of natural disasters. Climate change will only exacerbate these conditions, deepening these inequities locally and globally. Despite this, climate efforts to date have largely ignored legacy pollution and non-climate impacts that harm these communities in favor of a …View Full Resource
Advanced Energy Economy engaged BW Research Partnership to examine the current and potential Electric Transportation (ET) economy across the United States. This research focuses on the current businesses and workers involved in the ET supply chain and examines the economic opportunities as the electrification of transportation continues. There are notable strengths in the ET supply chain across the U.S., including automobile and component parts manufacturing, a robust electrical component manufacturing sector, a growing network of charging stations and equipment providers, and a large workforce trained in traditional vehicle manufacturing, which could readily provide workers as the …View Full Resource
Multiple advanced reactor designs are swiftly approaching demonstration and deployment within the next several years. These reactors are vital foundations for a new clean energy tool in the fight against climate change, as well as a technology that is critical for American leadership in nuclear technology and policy, competitiveness in the global market, and job creation for Americans. However, a crucial bottleneck exists in the commercial supply of high-assay, low-enriched uranium (HALEU), which many of these rapidly progressing reactor technologies will require as fuel.…View Full Resource