We suggest options for modifying a post-2020 version of California’s cap-and-trade system to fit within the constraints of two major tax regulations, Propositions 13 and 26.
Using tools developed by Near Zero, a team of researchers has completed the largest expert survey yet on any energy technology.
Quantifying expert consensus against the existence of a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program
Well-understood physical and chemical processes can easily explain the alleged evidence of a secret, large-scale atmospheric spraying program, commonly referred to as “chemtrails”
California’s carbon market entered a new and volatile phase in early 2016. Here, we review the recent performance of the market and its critical implications for the future of state energy and climate policy.
In May 2016, Near Zero gathered perspectives from 45 experts in Mission Innovation countries to explore opportunities for further low-carbon energy R&D.
To accelerate affordable, zero-emission energy at global scale, additional funds for research and development (R&D) should be allocated across a broad portfolio, according to a Near Zero expert elicitation, with more than half the funds going toward electricity and transportation.
The increased use of natural gas for electricity would do little to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, according to this study, which combines energy modeling and a Near Zero expert elicitation of U.S. natural gas supply. This is primarily because abundant gas delays deployment of renewable electricity.
Our expert survey suggests that building the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline would likely increase emissions, even if the production to be transported by KXL were replaced an equivalent amount of heavy crude oils, or were transported by rail instead.
Prices for photovolatic modules—the part of solar panels that produce electricity—will continue to fall in line with the long-term trend, according to Near Zero’s expert elicitation. Continuing this trend will require on-going commitments to research.
Government-funded R&D could help airborne wind energy—a burgeoning approach that harnesses high-altitude winds—to reach large scale quickly by overcoming some of the main technical barriers, according to an expert survey by Near Zero.