Passing on a $26 Trillion by 2030 Opportunity: How Heavy Transport Can Reduce Emissions and Save Money

The world is vastly underestimating the benefits of acting on climate change. Recent research from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate finds that bold climate action could deliver at least $26 trillion in economic benefits through 2030. This ground-breaking research, produced by the Global Commission and more than 200 experts, highlights proof points of the global shift to a low-carbon …

Fossil fuel EROI for electricity close to 3:1

Science Daily, July 2019: Researchers have calculated the EROI for fossil fuels over a 16 year period and found that at the finished fuel stage, the ratios are much closer to those of renewable energy sources — roughly 6:1, and potentially as low as 3:1 in the case of electricity. An evaluation of the global energy return on investment for …

Coal-fired generation in Colorado’s energy portfolio is economically unviable, and it’s burdening electricity customers with extra costs when compared with cheaper wind and solar

BY GRACE HOOD | GRACE.HOOD@CPR.ORG JUN 26, 2019 Retiring Colorado’s fleet of coal-fired power plants could cut carbon and save utility customers billions of dollars, according to a new analysis by the Sierra Club.  The study looked at the economic impact of replacing 10 coal units in the state with cheaper wind and solar. The Sierra Club hired the consulting firm Strategen to examine different …

Union of Concerned Scientists: The Benefits of Renewable Energy Use

Less global warming Improved public health Inexhaustible energy Jobs and other economic benefits Stable energy prices Reliability and resilience This page explores the many positive impacts of clean energy, including the benefits of wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, and biomass. For more information on their negative impacts—including effective solutions to avoid, minimize, or mitigate—see our page on The Environmental Impacts of Renewable Energy Technologies. Less global warming …

New tools to see energy from space, analyze best options

WRI, May 2019 Seeing Energy from Space Being able to see energy infrastructure from space allows researchers to not only identify the location of key infrastructure, but to determine key characteristics, such as a power plants’ fuel type, cooling technology, and emission plumes.  In the past, when electricity data was not reported, there were no alternative sources. Today we can use …

Renewables are a better investment than carbon capture for tackling climate change

New research shows that resources that would be spent on developing and installing carbon capture technologies would be better invested in creating more solar panels and wind turbines and focusing on developing energy storage options to support these instead. April 8, 2019, Science Daily Solar panels and wind turbines coupled with energy storage offer a better hope for tackling climate …

An Oregon utility could save its customers $248 million over 20 years if it closes four units at two Wyoming coal plants by 2022, according to new economic analysis

And Midwest Energy News: Efforts to stop an Indiana utility from closing coal plants aren’t going the way the industry had hoped as economics point to more renewables. (InsideClimate News) A county board in Wisconsin votes unanimously against allowing a We Energies coal plant to increase its daily maximum discharge of mercury into Lake Michigan. (WUWM)  The Dakota Access pipeline’s …

The costs of the current business-as-usual path could be more than $2,000 trillion

As National Geographic reported, the “$25 to $70 trillion cost of Arctic warming adds four to six percent to the total cost of climate change—which is estimated to reach $1,390 trillion by the year 2300 if emissions cuts are not better than the Paris Agreement. However, the costs of the current business-as-usual path could be more than $2,000 trillion.” April 23, 2019 by Jake …

CCS deep dive: a very thin slurry of green paint over a fossil fuel tailings pond

Chevron’s Fig Leaf Part 4: Carbon Engineering’s Only Market Is Pumping More Oil, By Michael Barnard in Clean Technica, April 19th, 2019 Carbon Engineering recently garnered $68 million in investment in its air-carbon capture technology from three fossil fuel majors. This is part 4 of the 5 article series assessing the technology and the value of the investment. The first piece summarized the technology …