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New research shows used electric vehicles in California are less expensive to own than comparable gasoline-powered vehicles over a typical five-year ownership period, demonstrating the potential for greater EV adoption by lower and middle-income consumers. The analysis finds average EVs save $1,100 for model year 2017 and $500 for model year 2018, but are 40 percent cheaper compared to the average used gas car with the maximum incentive under California’s Clean Cars 4 All program. The report also includes priority policies applicable in the state and nationwide to support rapid, equitable adoption of EVs and create jobs.…View Full Resource
A new phase of distributed energy resource management is on the horizon. A dramatic increase in the uptake of DERs is playing out in parallel with utilities setting aggressive decarbonization goals.
Instead of shaping energy generation to meet demand, utilities are starting to think about shaping demand to meet renewable generation. To proactively take advantage of the flexibility provided by DERs to meet these objectives, utilities are implementing innovative DER management strategies.
Successful implementation of these strategies requires utilities to deploy a platform that is built to address the unique aspects of working with customer-owned DERs – a grid-edge DERMS. …View Full Resource
In the face of growing public and scientific pressure to raise global climate ambition, more and
more major corporations in the United States and elsewhere are adopting ambitious climate goals. This proliferation of climate commitments has fueled extraordinary growth in the voluntary market for carbon offsets, defined here as carbon credits that are used to compensate for emissions. This trend will likely continue for at least the next several years and possibly longer as corporations strive to meet new voluntary pledges to become carbon neutral.
This report aims to clarify the role American companies can play in ensuring that the …View Full Resource
Demand flexibility shows significant potential to reduce carbon emissions from the buildings sector, as RMI found in the report The Carbon Emissions Impact of Demand Flexibility. Demand flexibility is a building’s ability to shed or shift its energy demand from one time to another, based on near-real-time signals such as the price of electricity or the carbon intensity of the grid. With the right signal structure, laws such as New York City’s Local Law 97 (LL97) could enable demand flexibility, which has the potential to cut NYC building emissions by 40 percent or so as the grid approaches full …View Full Resource
This study is an analysis of state-level policy options for abating carbon emissions from the energy
sector. We consider three types of policies — Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS), cap-and-trade,
and carbon tax — and compare the efficacy of each in reducing the economic impact of carbon
emissions over a thirty-year period. While we project a strong cap and trade policy to be marginally
more effective than alternatives, renewable portfolio standards, cap and trade, and carbon tax policies all have the potential to drastically reduce state carbon emissions. Even a conservative policy mirroring the status quo in Michigan — a renewable …
This fact sheet examines how California can decarbonize with the help of renewable natural gas (RNG).…View Full Resource
Industry accounts for roughly 30% of global CO2 emissions and these emissions have been growing significantly as many countries around the world seek to industrialize. This places a significant imperative on industrial actors globally to reduce emissions sharply for the world to limit global warming well below 2°C, as required by the Paris Agreement.
Global momentum for industry transition is building, with public and private stakeholders across the world taking steps to decarbonize the sector. Among many nations, industry transition is becoming a top priority, and countries are putting in place roadmaps in the form of visions, pathways and action …View Full Resource
The IRENA Coalition for Action brings together leading renewable energy players from around the world with the common goal of advancing the uptake of renewable energy. The Coalition facilitates global dialogue between public and private sectors to develop actions that increase the share of renewables in the global energy mix and accelerate energy transitions.
Green hydrogen – hydrogen produced from renewable energy – can provide the critical link between renewable electricity generation and hard-to-abate sectors such as industry and heavy transport. Featuring several case studies on pioneering green hydrogen projects and first-hand interviews, this white paper by the Coalition provides …View Full Resource
Coal producers need to halt all new mines and mine extensions and reduce output 11% each year through 2030 to stand any chance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C and achieving the targets of the Paris climate agreement. Yet rather than winding down production, coal operators continue to propose and build new mines.
This report provides the results of the first comprehensive global survey of coal mine proposals. Based on the survey, 2,277 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) of new coal mining capacity is currently under development, representing nearly 30% of 2019 global production levels (8,135 Mt). While three-fourths (1,663 …View Full Resource
Accelerating global connectedness—of people, supply chains, networks, economies, the environment, and other foundations of society—is changing how nations work together and compete. For example, the global spread of scientific and technology (S&T) knowledge has lessened the United States’ strategic advantage based on advanced technology. The global movement of people allows biological threats to spread worldwide, outpacing the world’s ability to respond. In the digital economy, the economic, governmental, and political parts of society are interconnected, with the potential for cybersecurity threats experienced in one context to reverberate in others.
This interconnectedness can lead to inflection points wherein current assumptions and …View Full Resource