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    Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. K-12 Schools

    With nearly 50 million students attending over 130,000 K-12 schools, the education sector has an important role to play in our country’s transition to clean energy. This report tracks and analyzes the progress of the movement and shares the success stories of schools that are leading the way.

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    The Prosumer Relationship: Are Utilities Ready?

    The utility industry is undergoing fundamental change.

    The operational and business models of the past are falling away, as the timeline for decarbonization becomes more urgent and distributed energy resources (DERs) change the nature of customer relationships.

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    Beyond Hydrogen: Renewable Natural Gas and Deep Decarbonization

    Even before Russia invaded Ukraine, sparking a global energy crisis, the International Energy Agency stated in 2021 that there should be no new development of oil, coal or gas projects if the world wants to reach net-zero emissions by 2050.

    One piece of global decarbonization is scaling the use of renewable natural gas (RNG), which can keep methane from sources such as in landfills, livestock farms, wastewater treatment facilities and food waste out of the atmosphere. RNG is already in use today and can be used in existing gas networks, and also has the potential to augment and support the development of green hydrogen.

    This paper from Ameresco examines the current and future market prospects for RNG, including essential policy drivers, how RNG can complement and help drive the coming green hydrogen market and lessons from an existing RNG facility in Arizona.

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    Electric Mobility for All

    As part of its broader work to support Connecticut’s greenhouse gas reduction and ZEV goals, the state’s Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) engaged RMI to develop a feasibility study for providing electrified mobility options to LMI residents. The goal of this study was to identify solutions that will share the benefits of transportation electrification with Connecticut’s LMI communities and to develop potential models of how these solutions could be designed, funded, and implemented. 

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    Redefining Demand Response for Winter Peaks

    This case study highlights Snohomish County Public Utility District’s winter demand response and dynamic rates pilot, called FlexEnergy, in partnership with distributed energy platform provider Virtual Peaker. It highlights the challenges of implementing winter-peaking programs and offers encouraging lessons for other utilities.

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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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    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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    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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