Ways to save the planet: Activating the states

phys.org | 7/30/2019 | Staff
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With global temperatures rising and the clock ticking, Fletcher School experts the world over are developing new ways to save the planet. For a series on climate change solutions, Tufts Now talked with several Fletcher alumni and faculty about their efforts. Read about charging extra to drive in congested cities, investing in cooling, steering energy companies beyond oil and gas, saving swamps, and making car charging free.

Here we focus on Barbara Kates-Garnick and Kartikeya Singh, who harness the power of states to advance clean energy.

Fight - Climate - Change - Accords - Paris

In the fight against climate change, international accords like the Paris Agreement and national rules like the U.S. Clean Air Act are essential. But much of the heavy lifting happens closer to home, at the state or province level.

To wit: power generators, which are key to cutting greenhouse gas emissions in the electricity sector, are regulated in the U.S. by the states not the feds, said Kates-Garnick, Fletcher professor of practice and former undersecretary of energy for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She teaches Fletcher students about the policies and technologies that are greening the energy sector and helps alumni forge careers in the field.

US - States - District - Columbia - Electricity

Twenty-nine U.S. states and the District of Columbia require electricity companies to produce a certain fraction of their power from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. In California, for example, publicly owned utilities and retail power sellers must produce 60 percent of their electricity from renewable energy by 2030 and all of it from carbon-free resources by 2045.

These regulations help drive the market for power from offshore wind...
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