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Curbing emissions from the transportation sector is one of the most important steps the United States can take to cut greenhouse gas pollution by 50-52% by 2030. In fact, transportation emissions account for nearly a third of all such emissions in the U.S., in addition to being a major public health and environmental justice issue. The Biden Administration has the important opportunity to use existing authorities to promote cleaner transportation fuels.
Currently, the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is the dominant federal policy that governs transportation fuels. It requires fuel providers (i.e. oil companies) to incorporate bio-based renewable fuels, like ethanol, …View Full Resource
This whitepaper provides S&P Global Commodity Insights’ analysis of the global lithium deficit, threatening EV sales and could put the brakes on the energy transition. Lithium prices shot up by more than 500% in the past year due to the short global supply. The soaring prices and a continued lack of supply through 2030 may decelerate the energy transition and threaten EV sales and adoption, despite markets expanding in the Americas and Australia to meet growing demand. In the past year, EV sales jumped into hyperdrive, accelerating globally much faster than expected. Consequently, lithium demand, essential for EV batteries, is …View Full Resource
This 2022 edition of Tracking SDG 7: The Energy Progress Report assesses achievements in the global quest for universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy by 2030. At today’s rate of progress, the world is still not on track to achieve the SDG 7 goals by 2030. Advances have been impeded, particularly in the most vulnerable countries and those that were already lagging.
This edition was prepared as the COVID-19 pandemic and its broad social and economic disruptions entered their third year. Some degree of economic recovery has taken place, but the pace of progress on the SDG …View Full Resource
With consumer interest in electric vehicles (EVs) growing, some have started to question whether we still need policy support to drive demand for these vehicles. The short answer is: yes, absolutely. A consumer tax credit for EVs is still essential for several reasons, and Congress should include an expansion of this credit and other improvements in any clean energy package that moves this year. An improved and expanded credit would make EVs more affordable for lower income Americans, help ensure American workers and manufacturers lead the global transition to EVs, and allow more consumers to reap the economic and air …View Full Resource
This is shaping up to be an extraordinarily difficult year for the private equity firms operating in the PJM power market—especially those that own some of the region’s aging coal–fired power plants.
One key financial support, the price PJM pays for capacity (essentially a payment that power plants receive for promising to be available when needed), will drop from $140 per megawatt–day to just $50 this month for the 2022–23 delivery year. This will reduce revenues for generators across the board, but it is particularly …View Full Resource
Around the world, governments are recognizing the importance of clean hydrogen in building an energy system to reach net-zero carbon emissions. As of October 2021, 17 governments had published hydrogen strategies and more than 20 were in the process of developing strategies. The US Department of Energy (DOE) has declared clean hydrogen crucial to achieving President Biden’s goals of a 100 percent clean electrical grid by 2035 and net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
The current economics of clean-hydrogen production and distribution do not currently support large-scale adoption by customers to replace lower-cost, higher-carbon-intensity alternatives. Regional hydrogen hubs have the potential …View Full Resource
Interest and momentum surrounding hydrogen has grown in recent years, but the idea of using hydrogen as an energy carrier is not new – it has come in and out of fashion since the 1970s. Yet, despite decades of interest and research, there are still many obstacles to overcome for the hydrogen market to scale–up.
Currently, hydrogen accounts for only ~1% of the energy mix, is predominately produced using unabated fossil fuels, and is mainly used on–site where it is produced. For hydrogen to play a role in the …View Full Resource
One of President Joe Biden’s day-one executive orders sought to double offshore wind by 2030. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order to develop 2.8 gigawatts (GW) of off-shore wind by 2030 and 8 GW by 2040. Both Biden and Cooper justified their orders by declaring they would fight climate change, create jobs, and grow the economy.
Such an extreme, rushed government intervention in the critical energy section makes it imperative for policymakers and the public to ask hard questions about it, which this paper seeks to do. It is indebted to the work of Mitch Rolling and …View Full Resource
Across the U.S., states are developing policies and programs to help promote forest-based natural climate solutions. This effort is bolstered by a growth in forest carbon programs that aim to make entry into the voluntary carbon offset market accessible to all landowners. Here, we present a “menu” of policy and program options (that we call action items) derived from existing state programs and policies that decision makers can leverage to promote forest carbon solutions.…View Full Resource
This is a guide for advocates who want to challenge the construction of LNG export terminals. LNG terminals are some of the largest pollution sources built in the US today. They are also among the more complex facility types to challenge because of the number of agencies involved and overlapping laws with which they must comply. The goal of this guide is to increase the number of advocates empowered to fight, stop, and police these facilities.…View Full Resource