Sustainable Energy resources

Pulp Fiction Part 1: The European error that is warming the planet

As the world tries to shift away from fossil fuels, the energy industry is turning to what seems to be an endless supply of renewable energy: wood. In England and across Europe, wood has become the renewable of choice, with forests — many of them in the U.S. — being razed to help feed surging demand. But as this five-month Climate Central investigation reveals, renewable energy doesn’t necessarily mean clean energy. Burning trees as fuel in power plants is heating the atmosphere more quickly than coal.

Source/Author: Climate Central

Empower Kentucky launch webinar

Watch a recording of the press conference/webinar we hosted to announce the launch of our new Empower Kentucky campaign.

Source/Author: Kentuckians For The Commonwealth

Labor and the Clean Power Plan

This Sierra Club article provides a good overview of issues and opportunities related to job creation and displacement (and the need to ensure that new jobs are good jobs) in the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Source/Author: Sierra Club, Dean Hubbard and Alejandra Nunez

Environmental Justice and the Clean Power Plan

This Sierra Club article provides a good overview of many important environmental justice issues related to the design and implemetation of the EPA's Clean Power Plan.

Source/Author: Sierra Club, Leslie Fields and Alejandra Nunez

Health disparities, race and asthma

This study looked at the prevalence of asthma across different racial groups in the US, and how those trends have changed over time. It confirms that African Americans are more likely to have asthma than white people in the US, while Hispanics have lower asthma rates than whites. It also found that while low economic status is associated with higher rates of asthma, racial differences persist even after accounting for income and education. 

Source/Author: American Journal of Public Health, Nandita Bhan, Ichiro Kawachi, Maria M. Glymour and S. V. Subramanian

Competitiveness of Renewables and Efficiency in US Markets, 2015

This report critiques official US government estimates of the costs and growth potential for renewable energy and energy efficiency. It makes the case that renewable energy and energy efficiency are competitive resources in today's marketplace that can provide cost-effective ways for states to comply with the EPA's Clean Power Plan. 

Source/Author: Advanced Energy Economy Institute

The EPA's Clean Power Plan, Jobs, and Labor

This report summarizes an analysis of the impact on US jobs of the EPA's draft clean power plan, and describes ways organized labor (and allies) can work to shape state implementation plans in ways that advance job growth, protection for displaced workers, environmental justice and climate protection objectives.

Source/Author: Labor Network for Sustainability

How the Clean Power Plan Actually Works

This article does a good job explaining the basics of the EPA's Clean Power Plan which aims to reduce harmful climate pollution from US power plants by 2030.

Source/Author: Brad Plummer, VOX

The Best Value for America's Energy Dollar

This report looks at the costs of various energy efficiency measures and programs being deployed across the US. It confirms past findings that energy efficiency remains the lowest-cost resource, compared to the costs of new energy generation, whether from natural gas, coal, or renewables.

Source/Author: American Council for Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

The Toll from Coal

This study provides updated information on the burden of death and disease from coal-based electricity production across the United States. Estimated impacts are based on projected power sector emissions in 2010.

Source/Author: Clean Air Task Force