Full Title: Studies Agree 80 Percent Clean Electricity by 2030 Would Save Lives and Create Jobs at Minimal Cost
Author(s): Dan Esposito
Publisher(s): Energy Innovation
Publication Date: September 7, 2021
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An updated meta-analysis of 11 studies released since 2020 by universities, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations converge on the immense benefits and feasibility of achieving 80 percent clean electricity by 2030 in the United States. In this clean energy future, solar, wind, and batteries would provide nearly all new generation capacity, while electricity prices would remain roughly the same or be cheaper than today. The studies agree it would add 500,000 to 1 million net new jobs per year and up to $1.5 trillion in new net clean energy investment through 2030. And cleaner air would prevent 85,000 to 317,000 premature deaths and save $1 trillion to $3 trillion in health costs through 2050. This meta-analysis is intended to help policymakers understand the economic and health benefits of a federal budgetary package that includes a Clean Energy Payment Program.