QUICK NEWS, June 13: Fighting Climate Change Is Far Cheaper Than Paying For It; Solar Makes Buildings Better; Show-Me-State Sees How Good Wind Can Be
Fighting Climate Change Is Far Cheaper Than Paying For It If You Think Fighting Climate Change Will Be Expensive, Calculate the Cost of Letting It Happen
Dante Disparte, June 12, 2017 (Harvard Business Review)
“…[The Trump Administration’s argument for leaving the COP21 Paris Agreement] echoes a common political talking point: that fighting climate change is bad for the economy…[But] climate change itself is bad for the economy and investing in climate resilience is not only a national security priority, but an enormous economic opportunity...The share of national GDP at risk from climate change exceeds $1.5 trillion in the 301 major cities around the world. Including the impact of human pandemics – which are likely to become more severe as the planet warms — the figure increases to nearly $2.2 trillion in economic output at risk through 2025.
… The correlation between climate change, human pandemics, and economic and other risks, cannot be isolated; they’re all connected…That makes the shift away from a carbon-based economy as inexorable as the rising tide and temperature. Indeed, the renewable energy sector is one of the fastest growing employers in the U.S., with solar alone accounting for nearly 400,000 jobs, proving that investing in climate resilience not only makes for good policy, it makes for good business. The business opportunities of investing in climate change, renewable energy, and human adaptation are big enough to create a new generation of billionaires…” click here for more
Solar Makes Buildings Better Creating “Better Buildings” With Solar Energy; A program of the U.S. Department of Energy, the Better Buildings Initiative partners with organizations to facilitate and track energy improvements.
June 12, 2017 (U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Initiative via Facility Executive)
“While renewable energy can be a costly capital investment, businesses and organizations are opening up their wallets to secure more reliable and affordable sources of energy for their buildings and facilities. Solar energy has seen dramatic reductions in cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of energy produced over the past few years, and with solar energy’s levelized cost of electricity down from 27 cents in 2010 to seven cents in 2016, solar power has grown into an attractive energy option…As more companies and organizations see the successes of their efforts to reduce the energy used within their buildings and plants (upgrading lighting, water heating, and space conditioning systems, with more efficient options), they are looking at what’s next. And often, that’s when renewables come in as a viable option to supplement energy needs and enhance the energy performance of commercial buildings, industrial plants, or education facilities…Through the Better Buildings Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy is working across industries to provide guidance and to document effective approaches for installing renewable technologies including solar, wind, and geothermal…” click here for more
Show-Me-State Sees How Good Wind Can Be Columbia to purchase city's cheapest wind energy contract yet
Soo Rin Kim, June 6, 2017 (The Missourian)
“…[The Columbia, Missouri, City Council unanimously approved a] contract with the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission to purchase up to 35 megawatts of wind energy beginning in 2021…The estimated total cost of the project in the first year is $3 million…The price is expected to rise 2 percent every year...[Iron Star Wind Project] will generate the wind power and use the Grain Belt Express Clean Line to transmit the energy from western Kansas, where wind power can be produced at one of the lowest costs in the country…In 2016, Columbia bought wind energy from Crystal Lake Wind Farm in Iowa for $45.96 per megawatt-hour and from Bluegrass Ridge Wind Farm in northwestern Missouri for $68.69 per megawatt-hour…” click here for more