Climate Economics

Benefits Outweigh Costs of Massive Renewable Energy Deployment

The power grid is a massively complicated network of generators, power converters, and transmission lines controlled through the cooperation of numerous private corporations and local and international agencies. Grid operators rely on long and short-term “to-the-minute” weather predictions and other inputs to predict demand and prevent disruption. Government policies and economic constraints of the coming decades require the grid in the United States (and elsewhere) to become even more intelligent, interconnected, and efficient.

The Role of Climate Sensitivity in Integrated Assessment Models. John Reilly

John Reilly is an energy, environmental and agricultural economist, and Co-Director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change. The Joint Program describes its mission as the study of “interactions between human and Earth systems to provide a sound foundation of scientific knowledge that will aid decision-makers in confronting the coupled challenges of future food, energy, water, climate and air pollution, among others.” 

Global Food Security

Research published in Science highlights the potentially deleterious effects of climate change on global food security. As defined by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization, food security has a number of components.  These include food availability, access and utilization…

Analysis Suggests China's Solar Market Dominance Not "Intrinsic"

Over the last decade, the world’s solar photovoltaic (PV) industry grew robustly – bucking the trend of other industries during the downturn of 2008 - with a sustained annual growth rate of 52%. Over the same period, Chinese production of the dominant PV product, crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV, increased from negligible to nearly two-thirds of global output.

Forecasts, Scenarios and Outlooks. Perspectives on our Energy Future. Holmes Hummel

Canadian Parliament’s Honorable Stephané Dion frames the afternoon presentations for YCEI’s Fifth Annual Conference by summarizing the stark and constantly growing challenge of reducing CO2 emissions even as energy demand grows.  

The first presenter is Holmes Hummel, a protege of panelists Zhang Xiliang and Dr. Nakocenovic, and recent Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy.  Holmes discusses various “species of analytic tools” that the DOE and others use to anticipate the future energy landscape.

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