Climate & Energy
Climate & Energy
Health care sector decarbonization to accelerate in 2023
"Major health care institutions are publicly recognizing both the impact health care sector carbon emissions have on our environment and global health, and the need to do something about it."
Shobe's article featured in Nature Climate Change
The premier science journal, Nature Climate Change, featured a recently published article by Bill Shobe, Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Studies.
Price-Responsive Allowance Supply in Emissions Markets
Price-responsive supply can enhance the performance of real-world regulatory environments through an automatic adjustment mechanism that responds instantaneously to new information about abatement costs.
The Effects of "Nonbinding" Price Floors
Price floors are a common form of policy intervention to bolster prices. In introductory economics textbooks, minimum wages
in labor markets and price supports in grain markets are often the most common examples. In either case, it is argued, (1) a floor
Five takeaways from the landmark Virginia Solar Survey
"This week Weldon Cooper and the Virginia Department of Energy released the Virginia Solar Survey, the state’s first comprehensive roundup of what solar has been developed, where and how local governments have handled the projects."
Achieving Clean Electricity Generation by 2045
This paper explores potential strategies for achieving least-cost decarbonization by 2045, using Resources for the Future's electricity planning model.
Emerging Issues in Decentralized Resource Governance
This paper is a review of some current issues in the field of environmental federalism.
The Role of Direct Air Capture and Negative Emissions Technologies in the Shared Socioeconomic Pathway
We use the Global Change Analysis Model (GCAM) to understand the role of DACCS across all 5 SSPs for the below 2˚C and below 1.5˚C end-of-century warming goals. We assess DACCS deployment relative to other carbon capture methods, and its side effects for global energy, water, land systems.
Food-Energy-Water Implications of Negative Emissions Technologies in a +1.5 °C Future
Scenarios for meeting ambitious climate targets rely on large-scale deployment of negative emissions technologies (NETs), including direct air capture (DAC). However, the tradeoffs between food, water and energy created by deploying different NETs are unclear.
Net-zero emissions by 2050 are achievable, affordable in VA
In this opinion piece, Bill Shobe, director of the UVA Energy Transition Initiative, explains that "we can use renewables, energy storage and improved efficiency to reenergize Virginia's economy as we help reduce the harmful effects of global warming."