Category: Policy

Energy Service Companies

Energy Service Companies

Energy Service Companies

12/21/18

“How can a company provide energy solutions?”

 

Energy is just as dependent on economics as physics. As a result, electricity needs to be generated and distributed through a variety of manners. One of through an Energy Service Company, a commercial or non-profit organization that provides a vast array of energy services whether it be service implementation or retrofitting.

How Urban Densification Will Build Fire Resilience in California

How Urban Densification Will Build Fire Resilience in California

How Urban Densification Will Build Fire Resilience in California

12/20/18

“Why is urban density a good way to protect against wildfires in California?”

 

California is experiencing two major existential problems. First of all, runaway housing prices are placing an economic burden on millions all over the State. Second, Climate Change is exacerbating wildfires to catastrophic levels. But the Golden State has the golden opportunity to kill two birds with one stone by densifying its cities. Not only will this lower housing prices, but it will also limit suburban sprawl flooding people into fire-prone areas. This is How Urban Densification Will Build Fire Resilience in California.

How Energy Storage Can Increase Carbon Emissions

How Energy Storage Can Increase Carbon Emissions

How Energy Storage Can Increase Carbon Emissions

12/08/18

“How can energy storage increase carbon emissions?”

 

Numerous renewable energy proponents around the world are promoting energy storage as the solution to intermittency. However, if not planned out carefully, energy storage can be very unsustainable. This is because energy storage can store any type of energy, clean or not, with a preference for cheaper inputs. This means that cheaper overnight coal might be used for storage and then placed against more expensive natural gas or solar. In addition, energy is lost during storage, so the net efficiency drops as well. This is How Energy Storage Can Increase Carbon Emissions.

 

Image and research credit Hittinger, E. S., & Azevedo, I. M. (2015). Bulk energy storage increases United States electricity system emissions. Environmental science & technology49(5), 3203-3210.

Climate Change Model Verification

Climate Change Model Verification

Climate Change Model Verification

12/15/18

“How can we verify climate change models?”

 

Climate models are extremely useful for helping us predict the impacts of climate change. But how can we verify them? Well, what if we were to map their mathematical functions to historical data and see if they accurately predict temperature rises? If it turns out to be correct, then the model has a good chance of being valid. This Climate Model Verification, often known as hindcasting, gives our methods validity for future policy work.

 

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Carbon Neutral Economies

Carbon Neutral Economies

Carbon Neutral Economies

12/06/18

“How can an economy not contribute to climate change?”

 

Traditionally, economies have grown in tandem with carbon emissions. But with the advent of modern-day extreme climate change this is no longer feasible. To solve this, nations will have to adopt Carbon Neutral Economies in which all sectors have slashed their emissions to zero. The transition to a low carbon economy could yield enormous economic growth as well as inequality easing. Multiple governments around the world are committed to this action, with California’s 2045 and the EU’s 2050 initiatives as examples.

 

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How Better Utility Fault Detection Can Lead to Better Resilience Against Fires

How Better Utility Fault Detection Can Lead to Better Resilience Against Fires

How Better Utility Fault Detection Can Lead to Better Resilience Against Fires

12/01/18

“How can better fault detection in utility lines prevent more fires?”

 

Northern California recently experienced the most intense wildfire it ever endured This was caused by a utility line breaking apart near a dry forest. To prevent such a thing from happening again, we can implement better fault detection methods into grid lines. That way we will be able to detect issues before they occur with much better clarity and resolve them before a catastrophe strikes. This is How Better Utility Fault Detection Can Lead to Better Resilience Against Fires.