Africa 2030: Roadmap for a Renewable Energy Future

International Renewable Energy Agency [Yale Environment 360] The African continent could generate nearly a quarter of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2030, according to a new report by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA). The report identified potential renewable energy sources — including solar, biomass, hydropower, and wind resources — equivalent to more … Continue reading

Expecting the Unexpected: Macroeconomic Volatility and Climate Policy—Summary

Belfer Center, Kennedy School, Harvard Univ. / by Warwick McKibbin, Adele Morris and Peter Wilcoxen (dated “November 2008”) KEY FINDINGS & RECOMMENDATIONS …All else equal, a climate regime that exacerbates downward macroeconomic shocks or depresses the benefits of positive macroeconomic shocks would be more costly and less stable than a system that better handles global … Continue reading

Oil and Gas Energy Developments and Changes in Crash Trends in Texas

Texas A&M Transportation Institute …The total number of crashes decreased by 10 percent in the Barnett Shale region, increased by 1 percent in the Eagle Ford Shale region, and decreased by 4 percent in the Permian Basin region. As a reference, the number of crashes decreased by 7 percent in all other 175 counties … Continue reading

Colorado Climate Plan: State Level Policies and Strategies to Mitigate and Adapt

State of Colorado [Denver Post] Gov. John Hickenlooper is facing sharp criticism for his approach to addressing climate change, particularly from environmental advocates who blast his administration’s new plan as “a hollow gesture” and “delusional.” …The energy sector’s response is more tame, but it is not offering praise either. The industry’s advocates question the science … Continue reading

The Economics of Battery Storage

Rocky Mountain Institute [RMI Outlet] …In our new report, The Economics of Battery Energy Storage, we asked some important fundamental questions: What services can batteries provide to the grid? Where on the grid can batteries deliver each service? How much value can batteries generate when they are highly utilized and services are stacked? What … Continue reading

Missouri Comprehensive State Energy Plan

Missouri Dept. of Economic Development, Division of Energy [St. Louis Public Radio] …The recommendations are somewhat broad and are divided into five categories: Efficiency of Use Modifying the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act Improving the state’s water infrastructure Improving the state vehicle fleet Developing statewide building energy codes Utilizing Missouri’s property assessed Clean Energy Act, … Continue reading