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Global carbon emissions must be halved by 2030 to limit warming to 1.5°C and avoid catastrophic climate impacts. Most existing studies, however, examine 2050 as the year that deep decarbonization of electric power systems can be achieved—a timeline that would also hinder decarbonization of the buildings, industrial, and transportation sectors.
In light of recent trends, these studies present overly conservative estimates of decarbonization potential. Plummeting costs for wind and solar energy have dramatically changed the prospects for rapid, cost-effective expansion of renewable energy. At the same time, battery energy storage has become a viable option for costeffectively integrating high levels …View Full Resource
For the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis to be durableand resilient, a return to ‘business as usual’ and environmentally destructiveinvestment patterns and activities must be avoided. Unchecked, global environmental emergencies such as climate change and biodiversity loss could causesocial and economic damagesfar larger than those caused by COVID-19.To avoid this, economic recovery packagesshouldbe designed to “build back better”. This meansdoing more thangettingeconomies and livelihoods quickly back on their feet. Recovery policiesalso need to trigger investment and behavioural changes that will reduce the likelihood of future shocks and increase society’s resilience to them when they do occur. Central to this …View Full Resource
Newly installed renewable power capacity increasingly costs less than the cheapest power generation options based on fossil fuels. The cost data presented in this comprehensive study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) confirms how decisively the tables have turned.
More than half of the renewable capacity added in 2019 achieved lower electricity costs than new coal. New solar and wind projects are undercutting the cheapest of existing coal-fired plants, the report finds. Auction results show these favourable cost trends for renewables accelerating.
Solar and wind power costs have continued to fall, complementing the more mature bioenergy, geothermal and hydropower …View Full Resource
Greenhouse gas emissions are rising at an unprecedented rate and posing an immediate threat to human and ecosystem health. The largest source of greenhouse gas emissions is from human activities that include the burning of fossil fuels for electricity, heat, and transportation. Renewable energy serves as a viable solution to replace fossil fuel generation to create a healthier environment. Increasing awareness of both the necessity and opportunity surrounding renewable energy development is resulting in climate action at the municipal-level. Cities are physically formed around energy infrastructure, and therefore they have the ability to be powerful change agents in transformative energy …View Full Resource
The 2019 New Hampshire Clean Energy and Employment Report (NHCEER) analyzes the following five sectors of the New Hampshire economy:
x Clean Fuels;
x Clean Electric Power Generation;
x Clean Transmission, Distribution, and Storage;
x Energy Efficiency; and
x Alternative Transportation.
Based on a comprehensive analysis of employer data collected in the fourth quarter of 2018, the 2019 NHCEER finds that Clean Fuels, Clean Electric Power Generation, Clean Transmission, Distribution, and Storage, Energy Efficiency, and Alternative Transportation sectors in 2018 employed approximately 17,000 New Hampshirites or 2.9 percent of a workforce of nearly 671 thousand. Employment in these sectors increased …View Full Resource
It is hard to focus on anything other than the current global health crisis. COVID-19 has upended our societies and the loss of normalcy, human connection and the economic toll is not to be underestimated. Unfortunately, even after countries embark on the path to recovery after this crisis, the threat of climate change remains. Bush fires raged across California and Australia at the beginning of this year, the coral reef suffered a third mass bleaching in five years and Antarctica experienced the first known heatwave. In the last year, growing public and investor pressure has moved climate change further up …View Full Resource
Solar power is expanding rapidly. More solar capacity was added to the grid in 2019 than any other energy source. The United States now has more than 77 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed — enough to power more than one in every 10 homes in America. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have invested in solar energy and millions more are ready to join them.
America’s major cities have played a key role in the clean energy revolution and stand to reap tremendous benefits from solar energy. As population centers, they are major sources of electricity demand and, …View Full Resource
Transatlantic cooperation is essential to European energy security, which is and should remain a key national security priority for the United States. European energy security is crucial for the maintenance of a strong European economy and for European political stability, both of which are in the best interests of the United States. The new report from the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center, European Energy Security and the Critical Role of Transatlantic Energy Cooperation: Final Report and Recommendations, by Richard L. Morningstar, András Simonyi, Olga Khakova, and Jennifer T. Gordon, provides insights into how the United States and European Union (EU) …View Full Resource
The Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas industry is a major source of energy production, employment, gross domestic product, and government revenues for the U.S. However, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and others have pledged, “No offshore drilling.”
The firm Energy & Industrial Advisory Partners (EIAP) models three scenarios of what the Gulf of Mexico could look like by 2040: a scenario based on a continuation of current policies and regulations; a scenario examining the potential impacts of a ban on new offshore leases; and a scenario examining the potential impacts of a ban on new drilling permit approvals …View Full Resource
Tens of millions of people are out of work as unemployment approaches Great Depression levels. To tackle this economic crisis, we cannot follow the Trump fantasy – simply reopen the economy and hope things return to “normal.” “Normal” was fundamentally unjust, unhealthy, and unstable. Instead, we need to put millions of people back to work building a healthier, more equitable, clean energy economy that leaves no one behind.
A new economic analysis reveals the path forward – with a bold economic renewal plan, Congress could provide family-sustaining jobs for over 9 million people every year for the next 10 years …View Full Resource