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The (Least) Risky Business Case

The (Least) Risky Business Case | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
The Risky Business Project, founded by co-chairs Michael R. Bloomberg, Hank Paulson, and Tom Steyer, has shifted its focus from analyzing the risks—which are increasingly being realized as costs—of climate change to the tremendous opportunity that reducing these risks presents to the U.S. economy.
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Another trenchant report by the Risky Business Project. Risky Business Project's prior reports detailed the economic risks of climate change in the United States. They were expertly done -- they quantified the costs to a range of sectors of the US economy that would accompany unmitigated climate change.

In this latest report, "From Risk to Return: Investing in a Clean Energy Economy," Risky Business models and quantifies pathways for addressing those risks. For anyone who's been following similar economic analyses in recent years, it should come as no surprise that From Risk to Return finds that transitioning to a clean energy economy will be net cash positive to the tune of billions of dollars. Rather than a cost to be avoided, undertaking the clean energy paradigm shift and pursuing pathways to mitigate climate change through reducing carbon emissions and energy intensity represents a myriad of opportunities to be seized.

As I have noted several times on this blog when I've posted similar economic reports, the evidence shows that pursuing climate mitigation and energy decarbonization makes more economic sense than not doing so and maintaining the status quo. One must marshal and communicate this evidence when making the case for the transition to a no-/low-carbon economy.
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Assessing Global Oils — Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Assessing Global Oils — Carnegie Endowment for International Peace | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
Explore the true cost of technological advancements across the complete oil supply chain.
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The Eastern US could get a third of its power from renewables within 10 years. Theoretically.

The Eastern US could get a third of its power from renewables within 10 years. Theoretically. | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
Insanely detailed new study finds 30 percent renewables by 2026 is technically possible.
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NREL’s groundbreaking Eastern Renewable Generation Integration Study shows that it is technically possible for the U.S. Eastern Interconnection (EI) – the world’s largest coordinated power system currently serving ~240 million people – to get 30% of its electricity generation from renewable sources within 10 years. While it’s technically feasible, Roberts notes that the real impediments to achieving this are political, social, and institutional. Roberts rightly points out that achieving 30% renewable generation capacity in the EI will require new rules governing the grid, greater cooperation among RTOs, and new policy/regulatory incentive structures devised by policymakers and regulators.

My questions are: Is anyone drafting new model rules that might be adopted to make the 30% renewables possibility by 2026 a reality? Whose province is it to draft them? How would those rules get implemented in a coordinated, constructive way in the different jurisdictions within the EI territory? If greater cooperation among RTOs is necessary, how do we effectuate it? What do the policy/regulatory incentive structures entail?

We know we need to transition as quickly as practicable to a decarbonized new energy paradigm. It seems to me these questions highlight the need for a national-level energy vision and a coherent, focused policy framework for achieving it, not just in the Eastern Interconnection but nationwide. 
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Earth smashed dozens of climate records last year, not just temperature

Earth smashed dozens of climate records last year, not just temperature | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
Earth's fever got worse last year, breaking dozens of climate records, scientists said in a massive report nicknamed the annual physical for the planet.
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"There is really only one word for this parade of shattered climate records: grim."
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U.S. Faces Dramatic Rise in Extreme Heat, Humidity

U.S. Faces Dramatic Rise in Extreme Heat, Humidity | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
Scores of U.S. cities will face dramatic increases in dangerous and extreme heat days if current greenhouse gas emissions trends continue.
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World’s Largest Companies Decoupling Emissions, Business Growth · Environmental Management News

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This is the second report released in recent months showing a decoupling between economic performance and greenhouse gas emissions. In March the International Energy Agency reported global energy sector emissions had remained flat over the period 2013-2015 at the same time global GDP grew just over 3% year over year. I wrote about that here: http://bit.ly/28YEtk8. This report shows revenues of the Global 500, the world's 500 largest companies, growing 5% over the last four years at the same time their GHG emissions grew 1%.

These reports demonstrate a couple important things. One, that the world appears finally to have begun to turn the corner on GHG emissions. National economies and individual companies are producing economic output using less dirty energy. And two, that doing so has not been accompanied by declines in GDP growth or business revenue growth. These reports are evidence that cutting GHG emissions to mitigate climate risks is not incompatible with economic growth. 
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Clean Power Plan Accelerates Growth Of US Renewable Electricity Generation

Clean Power Plan Accelerates Growth Of US Renewable Electricity Generation | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
The shift away from coal-fired generation to a combination of higher natural gas-fired and renewables generation and greater energy efficiency is expected to be accelerated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan (CPP).
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A Smart Tax: Pricing Oil for a Safe Climate

A Smart Tax: Pricing Oil for a Safe Climate | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
Because of the growing chemical and geological diversity of the new oils, the lack of alternative liquid fuels for transportation, and the size and global scope of oil production and trade, a tax is most needed in the oil sector.
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Energy Storage Isn’t Necessary for a Cleaner Grid

Energy Storage Isn’t Necessary for a Cleaner Grid | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
But we’ll need it if we want a higher share of renewables, say MIT researchers.
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Net Metering Is Not a Drain on the Grid. But That Doesn’t Mean It Should Stay, Say Researchers

Net Metering Is Not a Drain on the Grid. But That Doesn’t Mean It Should Stay, Say Researchers | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
A new report from the Brookings Institution looks at the cost, benefits and relevance of net metering.
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Assets or Liabilities? Fossil Fuel Investments of Leading U.S. Insurers — Ceres

Assets or Liabilities? Fossil Fuel Investments of Leading U.S. Insurers — Ceres | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
This new Ceres report, Assets or Liabilities? Fossil Fuel Investments of Leading U.S. Insurers, focuses on the risks to insurance companies—the second-largest type of institutional investor after pension funds based on assets under management.
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US Climate Change Risks & Preparedness, State-By-State

US Climate Change Risks & Preparedness, State-By-State | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
The first-ever national analysis of states at risk for climate change-driven, weather-related threats, States at Risk: America’s Preparednes
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This States at Risk report prepared by Climate Central and ICF International (http://statesatrisk.org/) shows that while some states get a good to fair grade in their preparedness for dealing with current climate change-driven, weather-related threats, many states receive a poor grade and most are not preparing adequately to deal with worsening climate risks in future.

The States at Risk report on states' preparedness for current and future climate-related risks (extreme heat, drought, wildfires, inland flooding, coastal flooding) ought to be paired with the work of the Risky Business Project, the 2014 Third National Climate Assessment (those reports can be found deeper on this page), and the recently-released US Global Change Research Program scientific assessment of climate change impacts on public health (http://sco.lt/9DAlaD).

The first Risky Business report released in 2014 detailed the economic impacts of unmitigated climate change in the United States. In three subsequent reports Risky Business assessed those economic impacts at a more granular level by looking at climate impacts by region: Midwest states, Southeast states and Texas, and California. The 2014 Third National Climate Assessment similarly assessed the physical changes to the climate in the US and their impacts on a range of sectors and across geographic regions. The USGCRP 2016 report, "The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment," assesses recent analyses that quantify observed and projected human health effects associated with various climate change-related impacts. (All of these reports can be found on this scoop.it page.) 

Those reports provide quantitative data and information on current and future physical, economic, and human health impacts caused by climate change in the United States. This States at Risk report provides qualitative information on states' preparedness for dealing with those risks and impacts. State- and local-level policy makers ought to use the quantitative and qualitative information all of these reports contain to inform and guide policy responses to address, plan for, and build resilience against the changing climate conditions that will impact states' economies and the health and welfare of their citizens. This is particularly important for states whose poor grades on their preparedness report card indicate that they have much ground to make up in terms of closing the gap between their level of risk management preparedness and the magnitude of the climate risks their states face. Business leaders, too, can use the information in these reports to assess and prepare for the risks to their enterprises, their supply and distribution chains, and their workers that worsening climate conditions pose.
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Energy Efficiency Touted As Cheaper and Better Than Building New Power Plants - Energy Manager Today

Energy Efficiency Touted As Cheaper and Better Than Building New Power Plants - Energy Manager Today | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
Dubbed as a low-hanging fruit, it appears that energy efficiency has yet to be fully picked, or more accurately, it has yet to become fully ripe as products and services are still getting rolled out.
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Click the link in the article to view the ACEEE paper.
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Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Global Change Research Program for Fiscal Year 2016 | GlobalChange.gov

Our Changing Planet: The U.S. Global Change Research Program for Fiscal Year 2016 | GlobalChange.gov | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
This FY 2016 edition of Our Changing Planet, USGCRP's annual report, summarizes the Program's significant advancements toward achieving its scientific goals, delivering on its Congressional mandate, supporting the President’s Climate Action Plan, and building a knowledge base that effectively informs human responses to global change.
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Bigger, better, cheaper: wind power is flourishing in the US

Bigger, better, cheaper: wind power is flourishing in the US | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
Turbines are getting more powerful, costs are falling, and installations are surging. Happy times.
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Dave Roberts' take-aways from the annual Wind Technologies Market Report released by the US Dept. of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
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The Building of an Epistemological Edifice: 20 Decades of Inquiry Into Our Changing Climate — Medium

The Building of an Epistemological Edifice: 20 Decades of Inquiry Into Our Changing Climate — Medium | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it

The scientific enterprise to understand Earth's climate and human-caused climate change has a long, rich history dating to the era of Napoleon.

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Efficiency, Clean Energy Put Dent in CO2 Emissions

Efficiency, Clean Energy Put Dent in CO2 Emissions | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
A new report shows that electric power utilities in the U.S. are reducing carbon pollution that fuels climate change.
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Global Solar To Smash Milestones, Reach 600 GW In 2020

Global Solar To Smash Milestones, Reach 600 GW In 2020 | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
The global solar market is well on its way to breaking through the milestone of 60 GW of new capacity installed in a year during 2016, according to SolarPower Europe.
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Average Cost Of Solar & Wind Could Drop By 59% By 2025, Says IRENA

Average Cost Of Solar & Wind Could Drop By 59% By 2025, Says IRENA | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it

"The average cost of electricity generated by solar and wind technologies could drop by between 26% and 59% by 2025, according to a new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency."

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The World Nears Peak Fossil Fuels for Electricity

The World Nears Peak Fossil Fuels for Electricity | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
Coal and gas will begin their terminal decline in less than a decade, according to a new BNEF analysis.
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Solar Will Replace Nearly All Retiring Coal in Texas

Solar Will Replace Nearly All Retiring Coal in Texas | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
ERCOT may need to plan for a skinny duck curve.
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Moving to Better Rate Design

Moving to Better Rate Design | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
Electricity stakeholders have long debated what makes for good rate design, but many of the new options offered are seriously flawed and, as a result, severely underperform against policy goals for system cost reduction, customer engagement, and environmental improvement. RMI has released a new report to help address these challenges.
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High and Dry : Climate Change, Water, and the Economy

High and Dry : Climate Change, Water, and the Economy | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
The impacts of climate change will be channeled primarily through the water cycle, with consequences that could be large and uneven across the globe. Water-related climate risks cascade through food, energy, urban, and environmental systems. Growing populations, rising incomes, and expanding cities will converge upon a world where the demand for water rises exponentially, while supply becomes more erratic and uncertain. They will jeopardize growth prospects in the regions worst affected and in some of the poorest countries. These challenges are not insurmountable, however, and smart policies that induce water-use efficiency, align incentives across regional and trading partners, and invest in adaptive technologies can go a long way toward reducing or eliminating these negative effects.
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Renewable Generation Increased By 152 GW In 2015, According To IRENA

Renewable Generation Increased By 152 GW In 2015, According To IRENA | Climate, Energy & Sustainability: Reports & Scientific Publications | Scoop.it
New data released by the International Renewable Energy Agency has shown global renewable energy generation capacity increased by 152 GW in 2015, up 8.3%.
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