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The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) is a market-based, cap-and-invest greenhouse gas reduction program by 12 states in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic designed to limit the amount of carbon dioxide pollution (CO2) from electricity generating plants in the region. Since 2008, RGGI has assisted the participating states in achieving notable reductions in CO2 and other criteria pollutants from the electric power sector. RGGI has been a pioneer of climate policy, generating $6.2 billion in proceeds for participating states over the last 14 years. RGGI is the United States’ first multi-state program designed to reduce climate change-causing pollution from power plants …View Full Resource
Industrial firms manufacture the products we use every day and the technologies transforming every sector of our economy. However, manufacturing is directly responsible for a quarter of the United States’ greenhouse gas emissions (or a third, when including emissions from the electricity purchased by industry).
Clean industrial technologies allow manufacturers to cut emissions while growing domestic production. The right policies can dramatically accelerate deployment of these technologies, create high-quality jobs, reduce the air pollution that harms public health, bolster the U.S.’s industrial competitiveness, and secure its technological leadership. This memo identifies key policy options that would reduce industrial greenhouse gas …View Full Resource
As a potential decarbonization strategy to aide in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions within the power and industrial sectors, carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) must be compared to alternative decarbonization strategies to ensure that surrounding communities are prioritized and not negatively impacted. Louisiana’s 2022 State Climate Initiatives Task Force’s Climate Action Plan assigns a critical role to CCUS in achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions statewide by 2050 while reaching 100 percent carbon-free electricity by 2035. According to the Plan, CCUS could reduce emissions by capturing CO2 to either inject into geologic formations for storage or to use in …View Full Resource
Decarbonization and clean energy policy goals are fundamentally changing grid planning and operations. The two dominant grid planning challenges and cost drivers are now resource adequacy, to provide reliability during net peak load hours, and time shifting of renewable electricity from periods of excess generation to periods when it can be beneficially consumed. Rate designs established under the old paradigm are no longer aligned with marginal grid costs and are an impediment to realizing environmental goals. Aligning customer responses to retail rates with grid needs now requires more complex multi-part dynamic rates. Predictable and reliable impacts of these dynamic rates …View Full Resource
Electric vehicles (EVs) that charge where and when electricity is cheaper on the bulk power system can help lower system costs, improve the grid’s ability to incorporate affordable renewable generation, and help to meet grid reliability needs. To enable and encourage EVs to provide these benefits, charging station siting and rates could factor in locational and temporal values of electricity. In organized wholesale electricity markets, locational marginal prices provide some of this information. Charging station rates could track locational marginal prices and include a price on greenhouse gas emissions. This would allow drivers to react to EV charging prices similarly …View Full Resource
This report explores how philanthropic foundations have supported the deployment of solar and solar plus battery storage (solar+storage) at community-serving institutions, including multifamily affordable housing, community centers, senior care facilities, educational facilities, and health centers in low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities in the United States. It provides a menu of strategies that foundations can use to bring clean energy benefits to LMI households and communities.
Although solar and solar+storage have the potential to provide significant financial, environmental, and resilience benefits, historically there have been daunting obstacles for under-resourced communities to access these technologies. The report focuses on strategies for foundations …View Full Resource
The definitive status report for the global wind industry has been published. Featuring the latest key statistics, chapters looking at the key challenges facing the sector and explorations of the key emerging markets, GWEC’s Global Wind Report 2023 is the key tool for anyone working to deliver the energy transition.
2022 was the third best year ever for new capacity with 78 GW added globally. Total installed global capacity grew to 906 GW. This represents Year-on-Year growth of 9%. 2023 should be the very first year to exceed 100 GW of new capacity added globally with this on same fact …View Full Resource
Uranium is the main raw material fuelling all nuclear fission reactors today. Countries around the world use it to reliably generate low-carbon electricity, process heat and hydrogen as part of their plans to reduce carbon emissions and increase energy security and supply. There is no nuclear fission power possible – of whatever kind – without uranium.
Uranium 2022: Resources, Production and Demand presents the most recent review of world uranium market fundamentals and offers a statistical profile of the uranium industry. It contains 54 country reports on uranium exploration, resources, production and reactor-related requirements, 36 of which were prepared from …View Full Resource
The United States is rapidly approaching a milestone in the electricity sector’s energy transition: By the end of 2026, it will have closed half of its coal generation capacity, which peaked in 2011. This is now the earliest date for this milestone since IEEFA began closely tracking coal-plant retirements, and it has moved up despite pandemic-induced supply disruptions that have led to delays in the completion of new generation resources and significant price volatility for gas, both of which contributed to some shifting dates for plant closures. By another measure—actual electricity generation—the U.S. has cut coal use even faster, producing …View Full Resource
Global climate change has pushed carbon emissions to the forefront of public scrutiny and scientific inquiry. At center stage are industries producing carbon emissions by generating electric power (Scope 1 emissions), as well as corporations whose consumption of electricity drives much of that production (Scope 2 emissions).
At the same time, ongoing efforts to develop “clean energy” alternatives have lowered costs for sources that were once thought to be niche, such as solar and wind energy. Corporations that are large consumers of electricity — among them Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Meta, which all have global networks of data centers— have …View Full Resource