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In its new report Making Clean Electrification Possible: 30 Years to Electrify the Global Economy, the Energy Transitions Commission (ETC) states that massive clean electrification will be the primary route to decarbonization, complemented by hydrogen in the harder-to-abate sectors. The report sets out why it is essential but also feasible and affordable to multiply the size of the global power system by 5, while shifting to renewable-based electricity provision. The report estimates electricity could represent up to 70% of final energy demand by 2050, versus 20% today.
Transitioning to clean electricity as the main source of final energy represents …View Full Resource
Advanced Energy Economy engaged BW Research Partnership to examine the economic and job potential for development of the Electric Transportation (ET) industry in New York state, focusing on opportunities for businesses and workers to become involved in the automotive supply chain as the industry goes electric.
New York’s ET economy has two notable elements—a substantial electric component manufacturing sector and numerous corporate headquarters in New York City.
This study begins with an overview of the current ET supply chain, including the current number of jobs and businesses involved in ET, historical growth rates, and projections …View Full Resource
Analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) shows that federal tax credits are an effective near-term path for expanding renewable energy.
Using an energy planning model developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, UCS energy experts examined the electricity sector provisions of several proposed bills to determine their impact on accelerating the momentum away from coal and gas in the US power sector.
We found that each of the proposed policies would spur increased use of renewable energy and reductions in carbon emissions. We concluded that the Clean Energy for America Act—a technology-neutral tax credit—would achieve the greatest increase …View Full Resource
Governor Evers’ 2019 Executive Order mandated that the state’s electricity come from only clean energy sources by 2050 and established an Office of Sustainability and Clean Energy to achieve this goal. The Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change outlined how each sector can help achieve the state’s target and how the state can take steps on climate action through executive orders, legislation and budget. Wisconsin is active in the US Climate Alliance through the organization’s Natural & Working Lands Alliance, and its top growth potential in the green economy is in the agriculture and waste-to-energy sectors. However, Wisconsin faces challenges …View Full Resource
New Jersey has devoted significant attention to renewable energy and adaptation in recent years as a result of Democratic Governor Phil Murphy’s leadership and the state’s vulnerability to climate threats, particularly flooding and coastal erosion. The state has established an emissions target of 80 percent below 2006 levels by 2050 and a 50 percent renewable target by 2030. Governor Murphy also signed an executive order that mandates the state reach 100 percent clean energy by 2050. New Jersey’s solar industry has grown rapidly, and it now ranks seventh in the country in installed solar photovoltaic capacity. The state has large …View Full Resource
Under the leadership of Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, New Mexico has increased its climate ambitions in recent years. The 2019 Energy Transition Act set the state’s renewable energy production targets to 40% of the total production by 2025 and up to 100% by 2045. Additionally, Governor Lujan Grisham signed an executive order establishing that GHG emissions in the sector should be 45% below 2005 levels in the next ten years. Renewables already make up 20 percent of the state’s electricity generation, supported predominately by wind, although New Mexico’s geography allows for high growth in solar. With the state’s legislature …View Full Resource
In 2019, New York cemented its status as a climate leader by passing the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act, which established some of the country’s most ambitious climate targets, such as an 85 percent cut in GHG emissions by 2050, 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2040, and 70 percent renewable energy by 2030. It also established targets for solar, offshore wind and energy storage. New York first established a Renewable Portfolio Standard in 2004 and has increasingly raised its ambition since then. The state is a member of the US Climate Alliance, which was co-founded by Democratic New York …View Full Resource
Ohio has scaled back its climate ambitions in recent years. In 2019, the state revised its renewable target to just 8.5 percent (down from 12.5 percent) of electricity generation by 2026. Signed into law by Republican Governor Mike DeWine and the state legislature, this move supports the state’s major utilities, which own nuclear and coal generation. Beyond coal and nuclear, Ohio has rapidly increased its natural gas production in the Utica Shale formation and also has a number of crude oil refineries. Ohio’s main venture into the renewable space has been in ethanol production, for which it is ranked 8th …View Full Resource
In 2019, Pennsylvania Governor Tim Wolf’s Executive Order set a GHG reduction target of 26-28 percent of 2005 levels by 2025 and 80 percent by 2050. Under Wolf’s leadership, Pennsylvania joined both the US Climate Alliance and the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. His actions build on previous climate initiatives, such as the establishment of the 2004 Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard, which required that 18 percent of electricity come from alternative energy sources, such as solar, waste coal and hydropower. However, the fossil fuel industry constitutes a large part of Pennsylvania’s economy; the Marcellus Shale formation helps make the state the …View Full Resource
South Carolina does not have a comprehensive climate agenda as the Republicans who currently dominate state politics have not prioritized the issue. That is in contrast to former Republican Governor Mark Sanford, who signed an executive order in 2007 to establish a task force to address climate change in the state. The current governor, Republican Henry McMaster, has signed legislation that helped expand access to solar, established a commission to deal with flooding and invested in clean public buses. However, he has not signaled that he would back a renewable portfolio standard or wide-ranging adaptation and resilience measures. The major …View Full Resource