Comparing 2019 Securitization Legislation In Colorado, Montana, and New Mexico

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This issue brief compares new securitization legislation in Colorado, Montana, and New Mexico to refinance utility investments in early-retired electric generation plants.

Pathways to 100 Percent Zero Carbon Power by 2035 Without Increasing Customer Costs

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This research brief outlines pathways to reaching 100% zero carbon power in the U.S. by 2035 without increasing customer costs.

Offshore Wind: A Boon To Climate Goals And Economic Growth

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Plummeting costs, as well as policy and technology developments, are making U.S. offshore wind a critical renewable energy resource. This research memo summarizes current and expected offshore wind developments and cost trends and recommends seven policies to help federal and state policymakers maximize its potential of offshore wind to achieve clean energygoals while strengthening the economy.

Economic and Clean Energy Benefits of Establishing a Southeast U.S. Competitive Wholesale Electricity Market

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This first-of-its-kind report shows how a Southeast U.S. RTO/competitive wholesale electricity market would generate $384 billion in economic savings, create 285,000 clean energy jobs, and reduce electricity sector emissions 37 percent by 2040.

Solar for Coal Swaps

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Policymakers and utility executives must rapidly focus on how to finance the transition away from uneconomic generation assets while creating earning potential for utility shareholders. This issue brief explores an emerging model for refinancing the 22.5 GW of existing coal plants that will be uneconomic compared to building new local solar in 2025, as of 2018.

Reaching 90 Percent Clean Electricity In The U.S. By 2035

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New research shows plummeting renewable energy and storage prices mean the U.S. can reliably reach 90 percent clean electricity by 2035 at no extra cost, supporting 530,000 new jobs per year, and cutting economy-wide emissions 27 percent.

Rewiring The U.S. For Economic Recovery

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This report outlines policy recommendations for Congress, federal departments and agencies, national laboratories, governors and state legislators, public utility commissions, and wholesale electricity markets to reach 90 percent clean electricity by 2035 in the United States.

Making The Most Of The Power Plant Market: Best Practices For All-Source Procurement Of Electric Generation

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When utilities procure generation through non-ideal processes biased against clean energy, they result in portfolios with higher consumer costs and carbon emissions. This report outlines how “all-source” procurement allows technologies to fairly compete to meet utility needs, reducing costs and emissions, with detailed case studies from recent utility procurement processes.

Utility Investors Risk Billions In Rush To Natural Gas: Is It A Bridge To Climate Breakdown?

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The U. S. power sector’s rush to build out natural gas capacity poses billions in financial risk for utility investors, but smart policy and shareholder advocacy can cut emissions and economic risks.

Natural Gas: A Bridge To Climate Breakdown

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The rush to build more than 60 gigawatts of natural gas plants and pipelines risks tens of billions in investment and a trillion dollars in consumer costs by 2030. This report outlines these evolving risks for shareholders, lays out investor strategies to accelerate the clean energy transition, and shows how clean energy cuts utility investment risks from over-reliance on natural gas while providing new growth opportunities supporting decarbonization.