EI’s Mike O’Boyle says the Biden administration seems more acutely sensitive to addressing the economic effects of climate policies than the administration of former President Obama was when it was crafting health and environmental regulations on coal-fired power plants.
EI’s Robbie Orvis says it is an important milestone that wind and solar surpassed coal electricity generation in 2020, though it has been trending that way for years.
EI analysis shows to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 the U.S. needs to phase out coal power by 2030, reach 100 percent clean electricity by 2035, ensure all car and bus sales are electric by 2035, and move to all-electric building component sales in the 2030s.
EI analysis finds clean energy and climate policies to achieve emissions reductions in line with a 1.5º target would deliver huge co-benefits including adding $1 trillion per year to the economy by 2050.
EI’s Hal Harvey is quoted in this opinion piece by Tom Friedman, saying it is common sense to invest in energy storage and could help prevent future blackouts.
EI’s Robbie Orvis says getting to net-zero emissions by 2050 is feasible and would generate millions of new jobs and significant GDP growth for the U.S. as demonstrated by our modeling and several other recent decarbonization studies.
EI’s Robbie Orvis says decarbonizing the U.S. electric grid will be a linchpin to decarbonizing the whole economy because it clears up a significant portion of U.S. emissions while allowing for electrification in other sectors.
EI’s Amanda Myers says a successful solution to the demand-charge problem needs to take individual charging stations’ utilization rates into account, and also needs to balance costs borne by utilities with costs borne by EV charging owners and operators if it’s to gain support from both sides.
EI study from 2018 shows an increase in federal gas taxes by 25 cents a gallon would result in about 1.2 million additional electric vehicles on the road by 2050.
EI’s Sonia Aggarwal says it is technologically and economically feasible to reach 90 percent clean energy by 2035 without raising customer costs, but policy is necessary to achieve a more rapid rate of clean energy deployment.