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Developing lithium from the Salton Sea in California can help anchor a multi-billion dollar domestic electric vehicle battery supply chain and inject thousands of jobs and billions of dollars into California’s Imperial Valley, one of the state’s most economically disadvantaged regions. That’s the finding of Building Lithium Valley: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead for Developing California’s Battery Manufacturing Ecosystem, a report from New Energy Nexus released today.
The new report details how recovering lithium – the foundation mineral for battery production – as a byproduct from the Salton Sea geothermal resource area can kickstart a clean economic recovery for California in …View Full Resource
In the U.S., the scale and urgency of the climate crisis requires that each level of government — federal, state and local — fully bring their strengths to the table. The possibility of eventual federal reengagement on climate policy puts in question the future roles of state and local governments in carrying out such policies. To take a closer look at which strengths these levels of government can leverage, WRI convened a group of thought leaders among current and former U.S. federal, state and local government officials for a recurring dialogue. Together, they laid out a vision for what climate …View Full Resource
Industrialization has been and continues to be key to the growth of economies around the world. These industries, however, emit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In 2017, heavy industry emitted more GHG emissions than agriculture, buildings, power and heat, and transportation. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, science dictates we must reach net-zero GHG emissions around 2050, which requires deep decarbonization from all sectors including industry.…View Full Resource
Most motor gasoline sold in the United States contains up to 10 percent ethanol (E10).
Under free market conditions, some ethanol is added to gasoline for its value as an
oxygenate, creating a cleaner burning fuel and raising the octane rating of motor
gasoline, which is useful in today’s higher compression, more efficient engines. The
Renewable Fuel Standard, combined with other subsidies and mandates from both state
and federal governments, has increased the amount of ethanol blended into the nation’s
fuel supply beyond what would occur in a free market.
The use of ethanol can be problematic. Ethanol is corrosive …View Full Resource
Financial entities take heed: Investing in natural gas-fired power plant development in the Pennsylvania-New Jersey-Maryland (PJM) region—the largest independent power system operator (ISO) in the United States—entails substantial risk. Development has become increasingly perilous in the past several years, and there is rising uncertainty about the financial viability of new gas plant projects. In this report, Applied Economics Clinic and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) have identified six overarching threats that pose growing risks for investors in new PJM gas-fired power plants.…View Full Resource
According to EIP’s analysis, at least 10 proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects that have been approved for construction by regulators are now delayed by at least a year, as companies confronted by both the COVID-19 recession and the oversupply of natural gas have postponed final investment decisions.
These 10 projects with known delays include six new LNG terminals and four expansions, most along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, with one new terminal proposed for Oregon. The projects have the potential to emit nearly 46 million tons of greenhouse gases a year — as much as ten …View Full Resource
Brattle Principal Johannes Pfeifenberger, Senior Consultant Pablo Ruiz, and Kai Van Horn of National Grid USA have coauthored a study estimating transmission-related benefits attributable to the geographic diversification of variable renewable generation and loads. The analysis, published by Boston University’s Institute for Sustainable Energy (BU-ISE), indicates that the benefits of transmission expansion between areas with diverse renewable generation resources are greater than typically estimated, with significant reductions in system-wide costs and renewable generation curtailments in both hourly day-ahead and intra-hour power market operations. The benefits are substantial and yet often not accounted for because they are more difficult to model.…View Full Resource
The LEP Framework paper provides a comprehensive overview of a suite of climate and labor policies, supported by the AFL-CIO and EFI, that will accelerate America’s transition to a low carbon economy while preserving and creating access to high quality jobs. The paper provides a summary of the importance of each initiative from a climate perspective and the jobs’ benefit it will provide American communities.
The framework identifies 10 key areas necessary for creating new jobs and advancing social equity in a deeply decarbonized economy:
1. A national action plan for the deployment of carbon capture, utilization, and sequestration technology;
Achieving deep decarbonization in the US will require days, and potentially weeks, of energy storage to be available – but today’s technologies only provide hours of capacity. Evolving technologies, like hydrogen, will be needed for long duration storage that can extend to weeks of capacity. While the needs of our future grid are still uncertain, policymakers can and should support the evolution of long-duration, clean energy storage by encouraging technology innovation and enabling financing and procurement models that align with long-duration storage.…View Full Resource
This issue brief compares new securitization legislation in Colorado, Montana, and New Mexico to refinance utility investments in early-retired electric generation plants.…View Full Resource