In conjunction with the UN General Assembly and Climate Week 2017 in New York City, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) has just released, America’s Clean Energy Frontier: The Pathway to a Safer Climate Future
Using E3’s U.S. PATHWAYS model, NRDC evaluated the cost and feasibility of reducing greenhouse gases 80% by 2050, relative to 1990 levels, across the United States. A combination of energy efficiency, renewable electricity, electrification and low-carbon fuels are deployed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across all sectors of the economy. The analysis uses a realistic treatment of the rate of turn-over of technologies in buildings and the transportation sector, as well as a detailed treatment of the electricity sector and energy-system costs.
The study finds that, by placing a stronger emphasis on energy efficiency and renewables, the United States can reach its 2050 climate goal at a lower cost than other comparable studies.
The study finds that NRDC’s Clean Energy plan costs 1% more than current U.S. energy costs, but delivers environmental benefits that are 7 times higher than these costs.