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Over the last decades, air pollution emissions have decreased substantially; however, inequities in air pollution persist. We evaluate county-level racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in emissions changes from six air pollution source sectors (industry, energy, agriculture, commercial, residential, and on-road transportation) in the contiguous United States during the 40 years following the Clean Air Act (CAA) enactment (1970-2010). We calculate relative emission changes and examine the differential changes given county demographics using hierarchical nested models. The results show racial/ethnic disparities, particularly in the industry and energy generation source sectors. We also find that median family income is a driver of variation …View Full Resource
Reuters Events Energy Transition Insight Report 2023 Edition is a deep dive into the key investment and strategy trends and provides a unique perspective into how the world’s largest decision-makers are navigating the energy transition.…View Full Resource
Demand-side support might do the trick to calm fears and crowd-in needed private investment to kickstart markets for clean energy technologies. Companies need to have confidence that there will be customers for their product at a price that delivers an adequate return on investment to secure financing. Without some certainty that there is a viable market, private lenders will deem these investments too risky. Demand-side support can provide needed confidence, and as a result, “de-risk” projects.
As governments look to accelerate the commercialization of various clean energy alternatives, more attention is being paid to the demand-side of the equation. Numerous …
Large-scale deployment of direct air carbon capture and storage (DACS) is required to offset CO2 emissions. To guide decision-making, a combined assessment of costs and environmental impacts for DACS systems is necessary. This report presents a cost model and life cycle assessment for several combinations of off-grid DACSs, powered by photovoltaic (PV) energy and heat pumps combined with battery storages to mitigate intermittency of the PV energy source. Utilization factors of DACSs are estimated for different locations, power of PV systems and battery capacities. They find that the cost optimal layout for a DACS in Nevada (USA) with a nominal …View Full Resource
Under the guidance of the NEA Nuclear Science Committee (NSC), the Working Party on Scientific Issues and Uncertainty Analysis of Reactor Systems (WPRS) studies the reactor physics, fuel performance, and radiation transport and shielding in present and future nuclear power systems. In 2022, the WPRS Expert Group on Reactor Systems Multi-Physics (EGMUP) mandated a new Task Force on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) for Scientific Computing in Nuclear Engineering to develop a benchmark that will provide guidelines and exercises to help participants to develop and evaluate the performance of their artificial intelligence and machine learning methods. The benchmark …View Full Resource
In 2023, Berkeley Lab conducted the first of its kind survey of industry professionals with direct experience working in community engagement and permitting of land-based, utility-scale wind and solar energy facilities in the U.S. The survey solicited information about project timelines over the last five years, leading causes of project delays and cancelations, community opposition, experience with permitting authorities, community engagement, comparisons between wind and solar, and other related topics. A total of 123 individuals responded to the survey for a response rate of 19.2%. Respondents were employed at 62 unique companies, which together are responsible for approximately half of …View Full Resource
Improved access to delivery apps and websites, increasing customer demand, and other factors have led to exponential growth in on-demand last-mile deliveries (LMDs). In 2021, McKinsey estimated the on-demand LMD global market value at more than $150 billion.
In cities most affected by smog and particulate matter emissions, it is easy to see how tailpipe emissions from internal combustion engine vehicles (both from driving and idling) contribute to local air quality issues and public health concerns. For this reason, it is a critical time for city officials, app-based delivery platforms, and community-based organizations (CBOs) to take a multi-sector approach toward …View Full Resource
This report is aimed at sustainability professionals. It makes the case for engineered Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) solutions and presents guidelines on how to enter the nascent removals market. It draws on interviews with members of the First Movers Coalition (FMC), who have each committed to contract for 50,000 tonnes – or $25 million worth – of durable, scalable carbon removal by 2030. …View Full Resource
In this report, the PEAK Coalition documents progress made since the coalition was founded and examines the steps taken by state, city, utility, and energy industry stakeholders to hasten or delay the shift from polluting power plants to clean, zero-emissions alternatives. The report details evidence of encouraging progress, however, the transition has not progressed at the pace needed to protect the health of environmental justice communities and meet the state’s climate goals. More than 75 percent of the city’s fossil peaker capacity may remain online and operating beyond 2025, when stricter peaker emissions limits are intended to take full effect.…View Full Resource
The annual Standard Scenarios Report—produced by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE)—provides a picture each year of where the U.S. electricity sector is heading. The report showcases a wide range of possible future scenarios, highlighting potential new clean energy capacity, the associated CO2 reduction outcomes, and how much it might cost.
Standard Scenarios helps people make decisions about the future of power grids. The robust data is open source and available for anyone to use—from utilities and regulators to research institutions and think tanks. …