The Debate Over America's 2050 Energy Mix


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What will the U.S. grid mix look like in 2050? It depends on which models you follow.

The future according to the Energy Information Administration's latest report: wind will stop growing, coal will stop declining, demand for electricity will keep going up, and emission reductions will moderate. A lot of people are unhappy about it.

It's no secret that EIA is ultra-conservative in its modeling. But why is there such a disconnect from the technological and economic shifts in energy markets? And why does EIA have such a hard time mapping technological change? We'll offer some solutions to the government's data problem.

Then: cancel your trip to Disneyland, stock up on Coca-Cola, and hoard as many iPhones as possible. We'll look at how the world’s biggest companies are detailing their risks to climate change.

Finally, we'll end on a philosophical note: who is to blame for climate change? Individuals? Companies? Governments? We'll take a cue from an articulate 16-year-old in Davos.

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Read along with us:

  • InsideClimate News: What the Government Misses in Its Energy Outlook and Why It Matters
  • Utility Dive: US Far Off Track for Global Climate Goals as Fossil Fuel Reliance Persists
  • Twitter: Jesse Jenkins thread on EIA data
  • Twitter: Alex Gilbert reactions to EIA data
  • Bloomberg: Corporate America Is Getting Ready to Monetize Climate Change
  • Barron's: Climate Change Could Hit These Companies Hardest
  • LinkedIn: Discussion of Greta Thunberg's Davos Speech

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