Optimizing environmental resources, renewable energy and flexible fuels is the way to pave the Path to 100%.
Electric utilities and governments across the world are moving towards 100% carbon-free energy. To succeed, they need to not only increase renewable generation, but also to rapidly reduce the use of fossil fuels. Renewables and storage alone cannot rapidly decarbonize our power system fast enough. Optimizing power resources, renewable energy and flexible fuels is the way to pave the Path to 100%.
State, provincial, municipal and in some cases national governments are declaring mandatory targets for 100% clean power. These regulatory targets are often considered renewable mandates as it is commonly understood that wind, solar, hydro and other renewable energy sources are needed to replace fossil-fuel power plants in a zero-carbon emissions future. Read more →
The need to reduce carbon emissions is real. In 2018, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that global emissions would need to reach net-zero (or carbon-neutral) by 2050 to prevent severe climate change impacts. Electricity is a major contributor—electricity generation was responsible for approximately 33% of total CO2 emissions in the U.S. in 2018. Read more →
Deep decarbonization by necessity means large volumes of solar and wind capacity to provide energy, either directly or indirectly through storage mechanisms. Solar and wind, however, require a lot of land. Solar on average needs approximately 5 acres per MW (Green Coast, 2019) while wind requires 0.75 acres per MW (Gaughan, 2018). Every solar or wind project will have to undergo rigorous environmental impact assessments, permitting and grid connection. The more sites and land needed for renewable development, the greater the risk delays. Read more →