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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...

Climate Change Creates Risk & Opportunity for WA Business

“We don’t need an energy miracle” to effectively address climate change. That was the message a speaker from the Risky Business Project shared with Washington State business leaders earlier this month. Their new research identifies cost-competitive, low-carbon energy sources and technologies that already exist and will become cheaper over...

Electric Battery Buses to be King of the Road in King County

120 all-electric battery buses will be transporting folks around King County by 2020. Revolutionary new transportation technologies can get us moving safer, faster, greener, and cheaper with ACES technology: vehicles that are automated, connected, electric and shared.

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Data Viz: Commute Modes

WHAT IT IS
The following data visualization shows for all 50 U.S. states from 2007 through 2011 what percent of daily trips to work occur via different modes of transportation. Such so-called “mode split” data by state is augmented by data for transit usage within major metro regions...

Data Viz: Electricity Affordability

WHAT IT IS
Weighted average of retail electricity rates, in cents per kilowatt hour.

WHY IT MATTERS
Cost of electricity is an especially important factor for manufacturing industries and larger commercial enterprises. It’s part of the larger competitive landscape of the cost of doing business.

WA CURRENT STANDING

Data Viz: Carbon Competitiveness

WHAT IT IS
The ratio of GDP to CO2 emissions. Increasing carbon competitiveness means reducing the carbon intensity of our economy. Metric tons of CO2 equivalent emitted per million dollars of GDP generated. GDP expressed as real state GDP in chained 2005 dollars.

WHY IT MATTERS
Extracting greater...