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2020 Legislative Session Report on Cap & Invest

Legislature Sets Stage for Ambitious 2021

During the short 60 day session, the Washington State Legislature made critical strides to reboot a conversation on the value of comprehensive carbon policy. As the session ended last week, in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, legislators laid the necessary groundwork and left...

COVID-19 Shutdown: OVERREACTION or GOOD CALL?

Answer:  GOOD CALL, HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN

We’re learning COVID-19 is far from “just a flu.” If you’re done hearing about its seriousness, read on; if you want a quick summary, read this footnote.

Our greatest risk is overwhelming our already heavily-loaded health care system, especially hospitals. When...

Poll: Washington Voters Support Aligned Action on Transportation and Climate

Washingtonians overwhelmingly see climate change as real, urgent, and requiring strong, comprehensive action. According to new poll results, more than three-quarters of voters believe we cannot rely on Washington, DC to solve climate change, and nearly 70% of voters believe that climate change is a major threat to our health...

2nd Annual Future of Carbon Policy Forum

2nd Annual Future of Carbon Policy Forum

December 12, 2019

The 2nd Annual Future of Carbon Policy Forum brought together over 100 participants to build momentum and collaboration in achieving carbon reduction goals in the state.

  • Eight presenters, each well versed in goals, strategies and major pathways provided...

BioSequestration Policy Pathways

BioSequestration Policy Pathways
A policy research and evaluation effort led by:
The Low Carbon Prosperity Institute

Our Operating Framework
Climate change is real, caused mostly by combusting fossil fuels
It’s a crisis –
Risk to our health, way of life, and economy
IPCC: we only have 10...

Webinar: 100% Clean Power: What it Means for Business

This webinar covers the emerging details of the House and Senate 100% greenhouse gas free power policies, and presents findings from our own modeling of the anticipated carbon reduction and cost impacts from these policies taking effect. Important distinctions between different utilities are explored. We also reviewed a recently introduced...

Analysis of 100% Clean Bill (SB 5116) Cost Cap

This updated Low Carbon Prosperity Institute (LCPI) analysis examines the rate impacts of eliminating coal power, achieving an 80% clean energy standard by the year 2030, and a 100% clean energy standard by the year 2045. LCPI relies on a variety of sources, and deploys its own utility-specific model....

UPDATED: Effect on GHG Emissions and Rates from 100% Clean Power

This updated Low Carbon Prosperity Institute (LCPI) analysis examines the rate impacts of eliminating coal power, achieving an 80% clean energy standard by the year 2030, and a 100% clean energy standard by the year 2045. LCPI relies on a variety of sources, and deploys its own utility-specific model....

Analysis: Cost and Rate Impact of 100% Clean Energy

This analysis examines the rate impacts of eliminating coal power, achieving an 80% clean energy standard by the year 2030, and a 100% clean energy standard by the year 2045. LCPI relies on a variety of sources, and deploys its own utility-specific model.

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Visualizing cost-managed approaches to reducing WA emissions

To date, there is no Washington Specific MAC Curve that provides more than a cursory glance at carbon reduction measures specific to our state. The Low Carbon Prosperity Institute (LCPI) has decided that the time has come to undertake a more comprehensive, statewide look at MAC opportunities in our...

Review of Climate Policy Options

Evaluating regulations, subsidies, pricing mechanisms, and hybrid policies

Abstract:

There is a growing recognition among businesses, policymakers, and the general public regarding the economic and societal risks of climate change. The latest, most urgent call to action from the IPCC has increased attention on policies to reduce...

LCPI Event: The Future of Climate Policy After I-1631

Wed, November 28, 2018, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST | Mercer Island Community & Event Center

Purpose: Inform community about views of electorate, Resolve post-election tensions & align towards cooperative success, Invite engagement in achieving desired outcomes, Set framework for 2019 legislature

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Wasted energy: Ten opportunities to reduce a $13 billion annual bill

Clean technology can boost energy efficiency, reduce waste, and save Washington State billions of dollars annually, while developing a competitive advantage in a multi-trillion dollar industry. Here’s a sample of some significant strategies to make this happen.

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California Reaches Climate Change Mitigation Goal Ahead of Schedule

Former Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who signed California’s landmark AB 32 climate legislation in 2006, celebrated beating the target with remarks published in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Surpassing our 2020 emissions goal ahead of schedule while our economy grows by a nation-leading 4.9 percent and our unemployment rate is...

Revenue & Emissions Preliminary Impact Analysis – Senate Bill 6203

Using a proprietary modeling system, the Washington Business Alliance analyzed the expected outcomes of Senator Palumbo’s Carbon Tax Bill, Senate Bill 5930. SB 5930 is projected to generate a peak of roughly $1.8 billion/year in 2024 (in USD, 2018), and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a similar amount as...

House Bill 1646: Revenue and Emissions Impact – Preliminary Analysis

The Washington Business Alliance developed the Washington State GHG Reduction Explorer to project the outcomes of various policy proposals that tax/regulate greenhouse gas emissions. We evaluate two scenarios for this analysis: one with what we believe are relatively optimistic assumptions about Clean Energy Account investments and one with what...

Modeling Analysis of SB 5930 (Sen. Palumbo) Carbon Tax Proposal

Using a proprietary modeling system, the Washington Business Alliance analyzed the expected outcomes of Senator Palumbo’s Carbon Tax Bill, Senate Bill 5930. SB 5930 is projected to generate a peak of roughly $1.8 billion/year in 2024 (in USD, 2018), and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by a similar amount as...

Carbon Policy Explorer Enables Better Decision-Making

At the Business Alliance we began to wonder how effective these different policies are likely to be at actually reducing GHG emissions and at what price. So we developed analytical software tools to evaluate the many scenarios being proposed. In evaluating all these proposals, voters and lawmakers alike are facing...

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