From: The Honorable Earl Blumenauer
Sent By: stephanie.phillips@mail.house.gov
Date: 11/23/2015

ENERGY POLICY SOLUTIONS – A RESOURCE FOR CLEAN ENERGY POLICY

Dear Colleague,

I wanted to bring to your attention Energy Policy Solutions, launched on October 20th by Energy Innovation, which can serve as a valuable resource to members and staff interested in clean energy policy.

Energy Policy Solutions is an assessment of the top climate and energy policies that can be used to reach lower carbon goals cost effectively.  It was conducted using the Energy Policy Simulator, which is an open source computer model designed by Energy Innovation to calculate the pollutant emissions reductions, financial costs/savings, and public health benefits that would result from any combination of 50 different energy policies that can be set by a user.

The model covers every sector of the economy and includes many policy options, including: a carbon tax, vehicle fuel economy standards, increased R&D, afforestation, etc.  It has been peer-reviewed by researchers at U.S. national laboratories and top universities, and is open for use by you and your staff, along with NGOs, researchers, and others, to aid in the design of policy packages that can help the U.S. achieve its goals for a clean, affordable, and safe energy system.

The tool can be accessed at https://energypolicy.solutions/.  You can also reference this short YouTube video that explains how to use the simulator online.  The analysis has received some media attention already, including stories on Bloomberg Business andVox.

You can also download the model, examine or replace any of the input data, and run it locally on your computer.  The model includes a complete set of carefully-cited, public, national-scale U.S. data, but could be adapted for other geographies going forward.

In addition, please find below links to several brief memos put together by Energy Innovation that discuss findings of three scenarios, to illustrate how the model can be used:

  1. A Clean Power Plan Scenario that is designed to cost-effectively achieve EPA’s Clean Power Plan targets
  2. An Energy Innovation Scenario that meets the United States’ commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 26-28% by 2025, and saves America money at the same time
  3. A memo on the “Costs of Delay,” demonstrating that delays in cutting emissions significantly drive up the costs of meeting the U.S. emissions target

I encourage you to read the assessments, examine the simulator and consider using it to plan and analyze your own policy goals and ideas.  If you are interested in learning more, please contact Robbie Orvis at robbie@energyinnovation.org.

Sincerely,

Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress