This report provides insight into which climate and energy policies can most cost-effectively drive down China’s emissions. The report’s recommendations are based on results from the Energy Policy Simulator (EPS), which assesses the combined effects of 35 climate, energy, and environmental policies on a variety of metrics.
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This report provides survey results on the future of the electric utility, according to over 400 U.S. electric utility executives. Results suggest utility executives feel the “existing regulatory model” is the greatest obstacle to the evolution of the utility business model. Virtually all utility executives see shares of renewables, distributed energy resources, and natural gas increasing, and they hope to expand their business models into customer energy management and storage. This SlideShare presentation highlights key findings from the survey.
This data analysis finds that over America’s clean energy sector now employs more than 2.5 million people. The majority of these jobs come from energy efficiency (1.9 million), and a significant portion come from solar (300,000) and wind (77,000). The solar industry in particular has experienced a 20 percent job growth rate for three years in a row, and is estimated to add 220,000 new jobs in coming years due to the Investment Tax Credit’s extension alone.
This factbook provides data-driven insight into a variety of industries that are contributing to the United States’ transition to a low-carbon economy. It provides a ‘birds-eye view’ of the entire U.S. energy sector, then breaks out subsequent chapters to cover energy-related topics in specific economic sectors. It concludes with cross-sectoral themes recent events and conditions in the U.S. and globally.
The 3rd Annual Grid Modernization Index ranks and assesses all 50 states and Washingto, D.C. based upon the degree to which they have moved toward a modernized electric “Grid of the Future.” The Index measures states on a wide range of grid modernization policies, investments, and activities including state support, customer engagement, and grid operations.
Over the past several years, the world has witnessed an upward trend in climate and clean energy investment. This has helped drive down costs of innovative low-carbon technologies, which has enabled their incredible market growth. In many situations, renewable energy sources, such as wind and utility-scale solar, are now cost-competitive with traditional fossil fuel sources. The following factsheet highlights the most current data on global investment in low-carbon technologies.
Lazard’s Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis – Version 9.0
This analysis compares the levelized cost of energy, as well as a handful of other cost metrics, for various energy technologies. It finds that the cost of solar and wind have continued to drop in price, making them cost-competitive with conventional generation technologies in some circumstances.
Energy Innovation’s Policy Solutions, based on transparent data and objective analysis, provide a roadmap to a clean energy future for America. Policy Solutions is a coherent set of the most cost-effective set of 15 policies to achieve the United States’ emissions reductions goals, and save hundreds of billions of dollars between 2016 and 2030.
Renewables are projected to be the largest single source of electricity growth over the next five years, according to this report from the International Energy Agency (IEA). Falling costs and rapid adoption in Asia and other emerging economies are driving the trend, but the IEA calls for governments to reduce policy uncertainties that could slow further deployment of renewables.
This report shows an increasingly competitive utility-scale PV sector, with installed prices having declined significantly since 2007-2009, relatively modest O&M costs, solid performance with improving capacity factors, and record-low levelized PPA prices of under $50/MWh on average, making solar cheaper than existing generation in some regions.