Comment for the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) on California’s evolving climate policy portfolio and critical market design questions
Comment letter to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to address substantive policy and market design considerations in ARB’s proposal for a cap-and-trade system
Comment to the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to raise concerns with respect to ARB’s legal authority to extend the cap-and-trade program
Using tools developed by Near Zero, a team of researchers has completed the largest expert survey yet on any energy technology.
Comment to the State of Washington’s Department of Ecology on consequences of linking their state’s greenhouse gas emissions market with California’s oversupplied market
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.
Cullenward and Wara submitted a letter to CARB to comment on technical inadequacies, unbalanced evaluation of carbon taxes, and other shortcomings in the 2030 Scoping Plan Discussion Draft
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.