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“Learning” Frontiers In The Energy Transition

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How quickly we reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions critically depends on how fast we learn in the process. New research uses learning curves to explain staggering declines in costs of key climate technologies like solar photovoltaics and batteries, grounding hopes that we can get where we need to go—as long as we don’t delay getting started.

Extreme Heat Is Deadly, Expensive, Inequitable, And Now, More Than Ever, Preventable

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As climate change causes more extreme heat days across the globe, heat has become a critical issue for public health and city planning. Recent research illuminates why extreme heat poses even greater health and economic threats than previously thought, but also points to ways we can build effective solutions to address it.

Why People Oppose Or Support Offshore Wind: Distilling The Key Factors That Drive Social Acceptance Of Ocean Renewable Energy

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To scale offshore wind, developers and policymakers need to understand what drives social acceptance and how to integrate community values. New research offers insight into the who and why of renewable energy support and opposition, and what specific actions could support a just transition.

New California Energy Policy Simulator Modeling Shows Major Benefits Of Early Action

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This week, Energy Innovation released new research evaluating California’s climate progress and identifying a policy pathway that would reaffirm California as a climate leader. This modeling showed the state is off track for its 2030 and 2045 climate goals and must triple its historic emissions reduction pace. Doing so would generate billions in new GDP and hundreds of thousands of new jobs statewide.

Putting Humans Into Climate Models

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This research review explains new studies that demonstrate how incorporating social systems into climate models is important for creating realistic climate forecasts and making informed policy decisions.

The Potential Of Hybrid Clean Energy Systems To Advance Energy And Climate Justice

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New research showcases how coupling existing state efforts (1) to accelerate renewable energy adoption in underserved low-income communities and (2) to replace aging gas distribution networks with district heating and cooling could transform overburdened communities into high energy-performance communities that are safer and more resilient.

A Reliable 85 Percent Clean Grid For California Data Explorer

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This visual interactive feature allows users to explore the major findings of the technical analysis. Users can interact with graphs showing the build rates for clean energy resources under the three 85 percent clean electricity portfolios, an example of how much of each resource is relied on every month of the year, and how the California grid can meet reliability in the most challenging hour of key tested stress conditions.

Europe’s Energy Transition: Can Renewable Energy Communities Lead To Greater Energy Justice?

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As European nations operationalize their commitments to the Paris Agreement, policymakers from across the EU and the UK are promoting the creation of more renewable energy communities (RECs) to scale up decentralized renewable energy production across Europe. However, researchers argue that RECs could actually exacerbate socioeconomic divides. Local and national policies can address potential pitfalls and ensure that RECs can indeed be a mechanism for energy justice in the transition.

New Oregon Energy Policy Simulator Modeling Shows Major Benefits Of Accelerating Climate Policies

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The new Oregon Energy Policy Solutions model helps policymakers measure progress and design additional emissions reduction policies. Oregon EPS modeling finds more ambitious climate policies could cut emissions 74 percent and add $4 billion to the state’s economy by 2050.

Climate Science And Financial risk: Forging A Path To More Climate-Resilient Businesses

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As awareness of climate risks grows, more businesses are struggling to quantify climate change impacts, but applying climate model data appropriately is a major challenge. Researchers are identifying new ways climate science can help businesses, investors, and insurance underwriters make more informed decisions.