This fact sheet examines how Virginia can use its existing policies and infrastructure to meet its emission standards under the Clean Power Plan while minimizing compliance costs, ensuring reliability, and harnessing economic opportunities. Read about additional analyses in WRI's fact sheet...
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The WRI analysis shows that if Virginia achieves its current goals to improve efficiency and increase use of renewable energy while also making more efficient use of existing natural gas plants, the state can decrease carbon emissions from Virginia’s power sector by 43 percent below 2012 levels by 2030 – well beyond the state’s mass-based target of 23 percent reductions required under the Clean Power Plan.
China committed to establish a national emissions-trading program, while the United States announced new actions to help reduce its emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025.
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The momentum behind corporate demand for renewable energy is spreading rapidly, beyond the early-adopters to a wider range of companies.
Joshua Ryor and Dana Davidsen break down recent developments, common misconceptions and emerging trends in renewable energy in the United States.
The U.S. Clean Power Plan’s impact on water has been largely overlooked, even though power plants account 45 percent of the country's water withdrawals.
While increased U.S. oil production has delivered short-term economic benefits, our ongoing dependence on oil is still creating serious risks to business investment, national security and the environment.
Thirty-four U.S. cities have now pledged to reduce their emissions through the Compact of Mayors, a global climate action coalition. President Obama challenged 100 U.S. cities to join the initiative before COP 21 in Paris later this year.
At a time of record low renewable energy power purchase agreements in the U.S.—as projects compete for buyers before federal subsidies expire—corporate buyers could bring real benefits to other energy customers.