Canary Library

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    Untapped in Texas: 
How Solar, EVs and Demand Response Could Fortify the Grid

    Texans will never forget February 2021. Winter Storm Uri crippled the state’s natural gas supply and sparked a cascading failure of our electricity system. More than 4 million homes and businesses lost power, many of them for days. More than 700 people died. The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas estimated the electricity crisis cost the state between $80 and $130 billion.
    Yet we already have the technological capability to significantly fortify the grid from increasing threats, reduce our reliance on fossil fuel electricity, and reduce electricity-related climate and air pollution.

    Using energy data collected from Pecan Street’s network of connected homes in Austin during Texas’ historic 2021 winter storm, this paper demonstrates that we already have the technology to control demand and better protect families from electricity crises.

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    EU Can Stop Russian Gas Imports by 2025

    The Russian government’s decision to invade Ukraine puts into sharp contrast the deep entanglement between energy, security and geopolitics. Now more than ever, the European Union needs unity and resolve in its response and a focus on resilience in the face of interlinking crises.

    Authors from Ember, E3G, Bellona and RAP have collaborated to identify the indispensable role clean energy solutions play in rapidly ending the EU’s reliance on fossil gas imports from Russia.

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    Locational Marginal Emissions: A Force Multiplier for the Carbon Impact of Clean Energy Programs

    Purchasing renewable energy is a means to an end: decarbonization. Yet, renewable energy projects are not all equal when it comes to cutting carbon. REsurety has developed a new carbon impact measurement tool called Locational Marginal Emissions (LMEs) that measures carbon emission reductions at the granular level: the electrical node where energy is injected into the grid. Download the white paper to learn more.

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    Project Drawdown: Climate Solutions at Work

    Climate Solutions at Work, presented by Drawdown Labs, is a how-to guide for employees looking to make every job a climate job.

    The all-encompassing climate crisis demands an equally expansive system of solutions, calling on everyone, everywhere to find their inroad—especially in the workplace.

    Employees are the backbone of a company’s ability to function, innovate, and survive through uncertain times. Even for the most passionate climate advocates, it can be hard to know how to accelerate action in the workplace and where to begin. This easy-to-browse guide explores creative ways to bring the world’s best private-sector climate solutions to life.

    Climate Solutions at Work is a new north star for employees looking to help shift companies beyond net zero.

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    Project Drawdown: Farming Our Way Out of the Climate Crisis

    When we think of climate change and greenhouse gas emissions, we usually envision power plants, factories, cars, and smokestacks — not farms and ranches. But it turns out that agriculture and land use, as well as the larger global food system, are among the biggest contributors to climate change. And, as a result, changing these systems, can be an important source of climate solutions

    But how can this be? Isn’t climate change caused by burning fossil fuels, that release carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere?

    There’s more to it than that.

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    Equity in the energy transition: Who pays and who benefits?

    The transition to clean energy can help mitigate climate change and bring extensive social, health and well-being benefits to all Europeans. This process, however, is not without costs, particularly in the short term. With millions of people living in energy poverty in Europe, policymakers must ensure that these costs, as well as the benefits, are shared fairly among energy consumers.

    By unpacking the market, regulatory and policy decisions that determine how costs are passed on through consumer bills, the authors of this report aim to demystify the distributional aspects and impacts on the energy poor. It is critical that the clean energy transition does not require greater expenditure from energy consumers affected by energy poverty.

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    100% for 100% Climate Narrative and Movement Building Case Study

    The 100% for 100% Climate Narrative and Movement Building Case Study illustrates how political and social outcomes were achieved as a result of placing equity at the center of an organization’s culture, programmatic mission and financial model. It tells the story of how The Solutions Project popularized the 100% renewable energy goal and expanded its core purpose to be 100% renewable energy for 100% of the people.”

    This narrative shift took place through collaborative partnerships and a series of internal transitions that led to a commitment to becoming a radically inclusive and culture-led organization. The case study highlights how The Solutions Project overcame internal and external operational challenges to shape an equitable 100% renewable energy narrative, as well as lessons learned for other leaders working to tackle the climate emergency and advance bold solutions.

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    Sparking EV America: Turning President Biden’s EV Charging Agenda into a Generational 
Transformation of American Transportation

    President Biden’s focus on charging infrastructure is a historic confluence of environmental, climate, economic and infrastructure policy. The funding that could come with it could not only speed up customer adoption of electric vehicles, but provide a more strategic, efficient, and equitable investment in charging infrastructure than private companies have provided so far.

    This paper discusses the strategies that could turn the president’s electric vehicle charging agenda into a generational transformation of American transportation.

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    How to Retire Early: Making Accelerated Coal Phaseout Feasible and Just

    As the urgency of the climate crisis grows, new analysis reveals that coal is no longer the cheapest way to power the global economy. The cost of clean energy has fallen so far that new renewables are now cheaper than new coal plants virtually everywhere, and there are specific financial strategies that utilities and policymakers can use to engineer a faster phaseout of coal in various regions of the world.

    This report lays out options for governments and public finance institutions to accelerate coal phase-out via an integrated three-part approach: refinancing to fund the coal transition and save customers money on day one; reinvesting in clean energy; and providing transition financing for workers and communities.

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    Addressing an Electrification Roadblock: Residential Electric Panel Capacity

    Pecan Street’s new analysis explores the opportunities for policymakers and utilities to remove a significant barrier to residential electrification. By incentivizing electric service panel upgrades for existing homes and requiring larger capacity panels for new construction, we can clear the path for full residential electrification. This is also a critical opportunity to ensure a just energy transition by creating sliding incentives based on household income levels.

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