Zero carbon transport shift could save billions – report

“EVs will not crash our power grids, as some people misleadingly report. On the contrary, Batteries on Wheels shows that EVs can spare Europe’s grids from costly upgrades and allow more renewables to come online faster. But for this to happen, Europe’s governments have to set up systems for EVs to be charged at the right time of the day, …

Shout It From the Rooftops: Solar Delivers Far More Than Renewable Energy

Contrary to what many utilities would have you believe, rooftop solar users are givers, not takers, the author writes. GreenTechMedia, by Emma Searson, 5 Aug 2019 26 Thinking beyond the payback period. We often define the value of something, including our clean energy investments, through a very limited cost-benefit analysis: What are my expenses related to this new thing, and …

How can cities consider mental health in green space planning?

By Jason Plautz@Jason_Plautz in Smart Cities Dive, July 25, 2019 A new paper from an international team of researchers says that cities should consider mental health benefits as they plan nature spaces in cities. The paper, published Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, offers a framework for cities to incorporate and measure mental health benefits from parks, tree plantings and other green spaces.  “In …

Investing in tuition-free college pays has high rates of return for society

By David Deming, Tuition-Free College Could Cost Less Than You Think, NYTimes, July 21, 2019 “The long-term payoff of these policies could be enormous. Considerable research shows that public and private benefits greatly exceed the costs when students are nudged toward obtaining a college degree. Yet at the moment, only 37 percent of Americans between the ages of 25 and 29 …

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 …