Renewable energy prices are now significantly below those for coal and gas generation. It is now cheaper to save the climate than to destroy it.

Over the last decade, wind energy prices have fallen 70% and solar photovoltaics have fallen 89% on average, according to Lazard’s 2019 report. Utility-scale renewable energy prices are now significantly below those for coal and gas generation, and they’re less than half the cost of nuclear. The latest numbers again confirm that building new clean energy generation is cheaper than running existing …

Cross-state air pollution from the electric power sector continues to kill Americans. Decade’s coal plant closures saved 26K lives in US: study. Fracking bills introduced.

Midwestern states are the biggest exporters of air pollution, while Northeastern states are the leading importers. BY REBECCA BEITSCH, The Hill, 01/06/20 The decline of coal could be saving thousands of lives as power plants reduce air pollution by switching to natural gas, according to a study published Monday. More than 26,000 lives in the U.S. were saved over the course of …

Energy system modeling: Public transparency, scientific reproducibility, and open development

Author links open overlay panel RobbieMorrison https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esr.2017.12.010Get rights and contentUnder a Creative Commons license open access Highlights Growing calls for policy-based energy system models to be “opened up”. Energy system modeling projects are adopting open source development methods. Energy system database projects are co-evolving to serve datasets to open models. Source code distributed under standard copyright cannot be legally used, built, …

The water-energy nexus at rivers can be resolved worldwide by 2050 as a consequence of the energy transition

Water-energy nexus can be resolved for thermal power plants #100RE. 96% of global thermal PP and 330 rivers are individually traced. 98% of water consumption can be avoided Water and energy are closely related, particularly in the current electricity generation based on thermal coal, gas, oil and nuclear power. The so-called water-energy nexus is a significant sustainability concern. However, a …

Dems 100×50 bill – Nov 2019

The Democratic Party has released its first major bill (pdf) with the goal of achieving a “100 percent clean energy economy by 2050,” calling for a radical transition from traditional sources of energy to renewables such as wind and solar power. Referred to as the “100 Percent Clean Economy Act of 2019” or the “100 x 50 Act,” the bill focuses on …

New Mexico GHG reduction roadmap

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Thursday reiterated her commitment to addressing the causes and effects of climate change as a panel of experts concluded that New Mexico needs to pick up the pace if it wants to meet its goals over the next decade. The governor’s climate change task force released its initial report, summing up the …

Ways to meet climate goals: the short list of climate actions that will work

September 29th, 2019 by Michael Barnard, Clean Technica   cleantechnica.com/2019/09/29/the-short-list-of-climate-actions-that-will-work/ I spend a lot of time critiquing solutions for low-carbon transformation, and that leads, inevitably, to people asking me: what works? What should we be doing? Most recently, that came in the form of a question on Quora that was well enough formed to trigger me to write down the solution set: “What exactly …

Transitioning off gas: system transitions

https://gridworks.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/CA_Gas_System_in_Transition.pdf California needs to acknowledge these emerging trends and begin formulating a gas system transition plan. Prudent long-term planning and management of the gas transition will allow us to minimize and stabilize rate increases. The consequences of failing to do so would be detrimental for California’s economy, causing energy cost inflation, industry destabilization, job loss, and significant hardship for the …

US leads in per capita and total emissions. It’s time to shut off fossil fuel development.

https://www.nature.com/immersive/d41586-019-02711-4/index.html …issues of moral responsibility and social justice, by focusing on evidence that climate disruptions will most harm the people who have contributed least to the problem. Such concerns led Philip Alston, the UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, to declare that climate change is “an unconscionable assault on the poor” in a report to the Human …

6 states and 131 American cities, led by a mix of Republican and Democratic mayors, have committed to 100% clean electricity

There are now six states that have made commitments to 100 percent clean electricity. At the local level, 131 American cities, led by a mix of Republican and Democratic mayors, have committed to that goal.  Since 2009, the United States has increased its solar power generation 40-fold and upped its electric production from wind by more than 270 percent, according to a …