US Energy 2050: 100% Carbon Free, 100% Electric, Up Our Game 6× (Part 1)

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The energy system by 2050 can be completely transformed from where it is today, but we will need to really pick up the pace. We need to go from adding 20 or so gigawatts (GW) of wind and solar a year to around 130 GW a year for the next 30 years. This article goes through the numbers. .

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Carbon Pricing & The Energy Transition

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Carbon Pricing Clean Power Fossil Fuels Grid Investment Market Research Policy & Politics Research Solar Energy Wind Energy carbon fee carbon fee and dividend Lazard LCOE lcoe renewable energy LCOE solar lcoe US carbon pricing wind lcoeWe are making great progress, with costs of solar, wind, and batteries continuing their decline. But we are not moving fast enough to turn the tide on human-caused climate change.

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Next-Gen Energy Efficiency Tech Kills Carbon Capture Dream

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These slim little slides infused with perovskite solar tech could be the key cards that open the doors to an energy efficiency revolution.

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Greening The Grid: Resource Adequacy, Intermittency, & Carbon Pricing

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To green the grid, we must adopt a strategy of meeting our energy needs with low-cost renewable wind and solar resources. The obvious question is how to resolve the intermittency issue (what happens when the wind doesn’t blow or the sun doesn’t shine).

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Empire State Building Slashes Carbon Emissions By 40% With Energy Saving Upgrades

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Today, it is once again sending a message of hope that lowering carbon emissions from the built environment is not only possible, it is the fiscally responsible thing to do. Buildings Energy Efficiency LED Lighting Anthony Malkin Carbon Emissions empire state building energy reduction plan NRDCIn 1931, the Empire State Building was a beacon of hope to a world devastated by economic collapse.

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Virginia Legislature Passes Sweeping Carbon Reduction & Renewable Energy Plan

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Virginia this week passed a sweeping Clean Economy Act designed to reduce in-state carbon emissions to zero by 2050 and close most coal-powered generating stations by 2024. Clean Power Consumer Technology Advanced Energy Economy carbon reduction plan Dominion Energy Renewable Energy Virginia Clean Economy Act

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US Department of Energy: $33 Million for Carbon-Neutral Hybrid Electric Aviation

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2035: Clean Grid 90%, Electrify 50%

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For those deeply interested in our future energy system and how it will evolve, I highly recommend two in-depth papers published in the last year. Jacobson Microgrids Renewable Energy Renewable Energy Standard UC Berkeley US Waste Reduction

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Covid-19 May Speed Up Low-Carbon Shift, Google Says

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In a Q& A with BloombergNEF, Google's Jeff Hamel, Director of Industry Partnerships at Google, shared his thoughts on how the coronavirus may speed up the low-carbon shift.

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Tiny New “Artificial Jellyfish” Taps Wave Energy For Carbon Capture

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A new wave energy device that resembles a jellyfish achieves sustainability trifecta: carbon capture, clean power and renewable formic acid. Clean Power Marine Energy City University of Hong Kong Electricity renewable hydrogen Wave Energy

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Carbon Pricing and Lighting, EVs, Heat Pumps, & Electric Everything

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What does the US need to do to help the world prevent the worst of climate change? End the use of fossil fuels fast. Many are stepping up to the challenge with aggressive goals. The EU wants to be fossil free by 2050. Joe Biden’s campaign wants the US to be fossil free by 2050 as well, based on his stated climate policy.

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Alliance For Clean Energy New York Pushes For Carbon Fee On Thermal Generating Stations

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The Alliance for Clean Energy New York is advocating for a carbon fee to more accurately align carbon emissions from generating stations with the environmental impacts they cause. Carbon Pricing Clean Power Policy & Politics Alliance for Clean Energy New York Brattle Group Carbon pricing free market strategies New York Renewable Energy Standard

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Behold The Lithium Carbon Dioxide Battery!

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Researchers at the University of Illinois- Chicago say they have developed a lithium carbon dioxide battery that has seven times the specific energy density of a traditional Li - ion battery and lasts for 500 charge/discharge cycles. Batteries Energy Storage Argonne National Laboratory Energy density lithium carbon dioxide battery University of Illinois at Chicago

7 Things To Know About Decarbonization In The American Energy Innovation Act

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A new legislative package on energy is working its way through the U.S. The American Energy Innovation Act (AEIA) is a compilation of dozens of energy bills that have passed the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, most with bipartisan support. Energy Information Administration united states US Climate Initiatve US Department of EnergySenate.

EU Parliament Steps It Up: 60% Carbon Emissions Cut By 2030 Proposed

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The proposal that was voted through was to cut carbon emissions by 60% by 2030 rather than 40% by. The EU Parliament voted this week, on October 6, to strongly improve its 2030 climate target.

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Remember Carbon Nanotubes? They’re Back, & They’re Sucking Moisture

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The energy-water nexus could take an interesting turn if a new hydrogel doped with carbon nanotubes jumpstarts a solar cell efficiency revolution. Clean Power Research Solar Energy access to water carbon nanotubes Electricity Energy KAUST Solar Cell Efficiency

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Solar Energy Kicks Carbon Capture Butt In Wild Renewable Energy Rampage

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South Dakota dives into the solar energy pool while neighboring Wyoming struggles with carbon capture to keep coal power plants on life support. Clean Power Solar Energy Solar Power Plants Basin Electric Geronimo Energy national grid South Dakota wyoming

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Apple Plans To Go 100% Carbon Neutral — Including Supply Chain — By 2030

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Apple is making big changes to its supply chain and products by committing to be 100% carbon neutral by 2030. The company announced on its website that it's already carbon neutral for corporate emissions globally and that it wants to bring its entire carbon footprint to "net zero.".

It’s The Economics, Stupid! The Case For Carbon Fees

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New research claims adding a fee on carbon emissions would spur innovation and drive greater efficiency in the energy and transportation sectors. Carbon Pricing Climate Change carbon fee carbon tax Elon Musk fossil fuels untaxed externality

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Why Put A Price On Carbon? To Protect The Energy Workers Who Made America Great

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Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and union president James Sleviin propose a price on carbon emissions as the fairest way to protect the workers who provided America with the energy it needed to become a great nation. Carbon Pricing Fossil Fuels James Slevin price on carbon Sheldon Whitehouse

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100% By 2035? 90% Might Be Better: Consider The Opportunity Costs

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Could it be that 90% would provide greater carbon savings than 100%? . I would love to have 100% clean electricity by 2035. Such a goal is admirable for its audacity and for its ability to get people motivated. For that I applaud it. But when we get down to it, will it be smart policy?

Global Carbon Taxes: Are We Paying Enough?

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The report argued that it is possible to switch from a reliance on fossil fuels to cleaner energy and still sustain vigorous economic growth and generate employment. Carbon Pricing Carbon Tax Policy & Politics carbon tax IMFLast month, the IMF released its Fiscal Monitor, a biannual report on how to mitigate climate change.

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What Is The Best Approach To Putting A Price On Carbon Emissions In The US?

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Carbon Pricing Climate Change Policy & Politics ACD Americans for Carbon Dividends Bill Hurley carbon tax Citizens Climate Lobby Citizens' Climate Lobby of San Antonio EICDA Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change san antonio Texas Washington StateForward by Kurt Lowder My friend and mentor, Bill Hurly, now retired, has found a fulfilling mission in fighting for climate change.

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Defending 100% Clean Power: An Energy Efficiency Approach

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Clean Power Clean Transport Climate Change Consumer Technology Electric Vehicles Energy Efficiency Fossil Fuels Green Economy Health Policy & Politics Research Solar Energy Wind Energy 100% Clean Power 100% renewable energy electrify everything Germany Germany carbon emissions germany energy efficiency Michael MooreMichael Moore infuriated sustainability advocates recently with his Planet of the Humans "documentary."

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U.S. Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Fell By 2.8% In 2019

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energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions declined by 2.8% Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) Monthly Energy Review. Air Quality Clean Power Coal Fossil Fuels Natural Gas Oil Policy & Politics Research Science Solar Energy Wind Energy carbon dioxide carbon dioxide emissions co2 emissions U.S. energy consumption united states USin 2019 to 5,130 million metric tons (MMmt), according to data in the U.S.

German Utility RWE Commits To Carbon Neutrality By 2040

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German electric utility giant RWE has announced its intention this week to become carbon neutral by 2040 and to transition into one of the world's leading renewable energy companies. . Biomass Clean Power Coal Fossil Fuels Solar Energy Wind Energy carbon neutral Germany RWE

Volvo Factory In China Runs On 100% Renewable Energy

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Volvo Cars continues its march towards being a carbon-neutral manufacturing company by 2025 with a 100% renewable powered factory in China. Clean Power Hydroelectric Solar Energy 100 percent renewable 100 percent renewable energy Carbon Emissions Made in China renewable volvo Volvo Cars

Covid Nineteen : Carbon Dioxide Nil

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Whilst global megadeath was an unreservedly bad thing, on the brighter side, May 2020 gave the UK (and the rest of the world) a glimpse of how a low-carbon future will look, painting in even more vibrant colours the picture that had begun to emerge in April, the first full lockdown month.

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Mayor Pete’s Climate Plan Has Good Coverage & A Carbon Price, But Too Little Funding

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The major saving grace is the price on carbon. Pete Buttigieg's climate action plan is not nearly as strong as Warren's, and the lack of funding puts it close to the level of Biden's at the bottom of the heap.

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Unlocking a Circular Carbon Economy

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Unlocking a Circular Carbon Economy. . Marcius Extavour, the Executive Director of Prize Operations in Energy & Resources with Carbon XPRIZE, discusses how to create a circular economy that will also tackle climate change.

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Sprint To Go 100% Carbon Neutral, 100% Renewable Electricity

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Buildings Clean Power Climate Change Consumer Technology Energy Efficiency Fossil Fuels Research Solar Energy Wind Energy carbon neutral co2 emissions electronic waste landfill waste landfills recycle reuse Sprint united states Waste ReductionSprint has indicated that it intends to source 100% renewable electricity and divert 50% of operational waste from landfills by 2025. This is what we need to hear on a day to day basis, from more and more corporations.

Researchers Announce A Battery That Runs On Lithium & Carbon Dioxide

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Researchers at UIC claim they have created a lithium-carbon dioxide battery with greater energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries. Batteries Energy Storage lithium carbon dioxide battery University of Illinois at Chicago

Costa Rica Is At Nearly 100% Renewable Energy For Electricity

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Clean Power Geothermal Energy Grid Hydroelectric Policy & Politics Wind Energy 100% renewables carbon neutral costa rica costa rica renewable energyCosta Rica got more than 99% of its electricity from renewables last year. It wants to do better.

BP Wants To Slash Carbon Emissions, But Has No Plan For Doing That

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Fossil Fuels BP BP Reimaginging Energy campaign Carbon Emissions carbon tax fossil fuelsBrian Looney, the new CEO of BP, says his company will slash emissions from operations by 2050. But there's more. He also says it wants to cut emissions from the oil and gas it sells.

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Hellfire In California, Double Hurricane In Gulf — But Are Cheap Clean Energy & Electric Cars “Too Expensive”?

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We are in 2020. It is not 2040. It is not 2050. It is not 2100. And it is certainly not 2200! Humans, so far, are a brief blip on the timeline of Earth.