New Report Describes Pathway to RGGI States' Carbon Reduction Goals

ClimateEnergy EfficiencyFuels & TransportationRenewable Energy

The Northeast has long been a leader in clean energy and climate action. The New York State Energy Plan establishes an aggressive goal to reduce the State’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 40 percent by the year 2030, and other states in the region have committed to similarly strong GHG emission reductions.

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New Report: Carbon-Tuning New York's Electricity System

ClimateEnergy EfficiencyRenewable Energy

When solar PV panels generate electricity, what are the actual environmental benefits produced? A key component to answering this question is understanding the impact the solar panel has on the rest of the electric system. Since the panels are supplying electricity, a power plant somewhere else no longer needs to generate as much electricity to fulfill demand. If this power plant uses coal—which generally has a higher carbon content than other fuels—to generate electricity, then the solar panels are reducing relatively dirty electric generation.

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