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Protecting the Lifeline of the West: How Climate and Energy Policies Can Safeguard Water

2010

This report, a collaborative effort by Western Resource Advocates and the Environmental Defense Fund, illustrates the key connections between climate change, energy, and water in the West. The report focuses on the states of the interior West — Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming.

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Effectively Addressing Climate Change Through Adaptation for the Energy Gulf Coast

October 2010

This presentation provides a synthesis of the analysis conducted on the economic impacts of climate change on the Gulf Coast. The research provides current and projected costs of storm surges, sea level rise, and wind related damage over the next 20 years. The risks, across numerous asset types, such as on-shore and off-shore oil and gas structures, and geographic areas are evaluated. Potential costs and benefits of numerous possible adaptation measures are presented. .

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New Jersey Clean Energy Program Efficiency Retrofitting

2010

New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program (NJCEP) is a financial incentive system created by the state legislature to encourage energy efficiency retrofitting and promote the use of renewable energy. CMC Energy is a private firm specializing in improving energy efficiency, and became a contracting partner of NJCEP’s Direct Install program. Through this program, CMC works directly with a participating business or public entity to assess areas for improved energy efficiency, and implement modern technical solutions to reduce energy costs. NJCEP pays for 70% of the total retrofitting costs directly to the entity, reducing the total project time to an average of 90 days from the initial appointment. High Bridge Elementary School, in High Bridge, NJ, participated in the Direct Install program and is realizing an annual energy savings of approximately $22,000. The total cost of the installation was $135,109, of which $94,576 was provided directly to the school. The school thus contributed only $40,532, estimated to be paid off in 1.8 years given the school’s energy savings. Future energy savings will be used for further improvements, such as a new roof. In 2019, to promote equity, NJCEP increased its funding to 80% of the retrofitting costs for facilities: within an Urban Enterprise Zone, within an Opportunity Zone, owned by local governments, containing K-12 public schools, or designated as affordable housing. Under the newer scheme, the High Bridge Elementary pay period would be shortened to 1.23 years, freeing up reduced energy savings faster.

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America's Climate Choices: Limiting the Magnitude of Climate Change

2010

Limiting the Magnitude of Climate Change focuses on climate change mitigation goals, opportunities, and policies, and recommends the U.S. climate policy goal be stated in terms of a budget for cumulative greenhouse gas emissions over the period 2012 to 2050. The report suggests the revenues created by tax receipts or allowance sales from carbon pricing could be used to fund climate adaptation efforts.

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Building a Resilient Energy Gulf Coast: Executive Report

2010

Building a Resilient Energy Gulf Coast represents the first comprehensive analysis of climate risks and adaptation economics along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Entergy Corp., America’s third-largest utility company, commissioned this study looking at the potential damage to residential and commercial properties, infrastructure and assets across key energy sectors.  According to the report, over the next 20 years, the Gulf Coast could face cumulative economic damages of some $350 billion.

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USGCRP Global Climate Change Impacts in the U.S. - Energy Supply and Use

June 2009

This report is one of seven sector-specific chapters from the United States Global Change Research Program's comprehensive 2009 National Climate Assessment, "Global Climate Change Impacts in the U. S. "  The 'Energy Supply and Use' chapter synthesizes current and projected impacts from climate change to the energy sector in the U. S.  The chapter points out that in addition to its role as a primary cause of global warming, the energy sector will be significantly affected by the impacts of rising temperatures.

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The Future is Now: an Update on Climate Change Science Impacts and Response Options for California

May 2009

The purpose of this report is to highlight climatic changes that have already occurred and impacts that are happening in Califormia now, affecting public health, natural systems, and the economy. Chapter 3 provides evidence attributing past and current observations of climate change to direct human causes, such as emissions of greenhouse gases. Chapter 4 examines California’s climate under different emissions scenarios, including a scenario of drastically reduced emissions, and summarizes the most current scientific understanding of the influence of future climate change on California’s economy and ecosystems.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Susanne C. Moser, Guido Franco, Sarah Pittiglio, Wendy Chou, Dan Cayan

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California Climate Action Team Biennial Report - 2009 CAT Report

March 2009

In June 2005, Executive Order S-05-05 was signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger which mandated the preparation of biennial science assessment reports on climate change impacts and adaptation options for California. The first Climate Action Team (CAT) Assessment Report was produced in March 2006. This 2009 assessment expands on the policy-oriented 2006 assessment, and provides new information and scientific findings including: 1) the development of new climate and sea-level projections using new information and tools that have become available in the last two years; and 2) an evaluation of climate change within the context of broader social changes, such as land-use changes and demographic shifts.

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Chicago Energy Conservation Code

November 5, 2008

The City of Chicago amended Title 18 of the City's Municipal Code to add Chapter 13 to promote the use energy conservation measures in buildings.  Energy efficiency upgrades can help to reduce waste energy from buildings, which contributes to the urban heat island effect in the city. Energy efficiency measures in buildings also can help reduce carbon pollution.

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DOE Weatherization Assistance Program

December 22, 1975

The Department of Energy (DOE)’s Weatherization Assistance Program (CFDA Program Number 81.042) provides formula and project grants to states to fund cost-effective measures that improve the energy efficiency of homes, particularly the homes of elderly and low-income individuals. These governments in turn contract with local governments and nonprofit agencies to provide weatherization services to those in need using the latest technologies for home energy upgrades.

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