Marilyn Brown, a public policy professor, School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech, says their model looked at implementing the Clean Power Plan with a combination of renewable and energy-efficiency policies plus a modest price on carbon.
She says that would translate to lower bills not just in Missouri, but nationwide.
"We see a reduction of, depending on the state," she says. "Anywhere from 5 to 10 percent rather than an increase."
Brown adds, by not putting the Clean Power Plan into action and continuing under the current energy scenario, the average electric bill would increase about nine percent between now and 2030. The Clean Power Plan is expected to be finalized this summer. Continue reading article here.
The EPA's Clean Power Plan sets strict limits on carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants. The Georgia Institute of Technology's Marilyn Brown, one of the authors of the study, says that if states make smart choices, residents will reap the rewards of a cleaner environment and energy costs will drop. "If CO2 emissions are reduced by using energy efficiency and renewables, some natural gas, cutting back more radically on coal, you can both meet the EPA regulations and also provide electricity bill savings to households," Brown says. The study says it's up to states to implement smart choices about energy generation. Read the full article here.
Two new reports debunk claims that the EPA's Clean Power Plan would cost Michiganders in the form of higher energy bills.
Critics claim the standards will cost Michigan and the nation jobs, but a public policy professor at Georgia Institute of Technology, Marilyn Brown, says the findings also reveal a clean power pathway would be good for both the economy and for job creation. "You spend a lot more on labor when it comes to energy efficiency and renewable systems than you do in the generation of electricity for large power plants, whether it's nuclear, coal or natural gas," says Brown. Read article here.
New Research says an EPA plan to reduce carbon emissions should actually cut electricity bills, ... Professor Marilyn Brown from the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy says efficiency and shifting to wind, solar and biomass should make a typical utility bill somewhat smaller. "We see a reduction of, depending on the state, anywhere from 5 to 10 percent rather than an increase," she relates. Continue reading the article here.
The Georgia Tech Working Paper on "Low-Carbon Electricity Pathways for the U.S. and the South" has just been published as announced in a Georgia Tech press release this morning. The report is attached to the press release and supporting materials can be found on the Clean Power Pathways project page.
Public News Service stories featuring the George Tech report have been published so far today in the following states: Pennsylvania, Colorado, Iowa, New Hampshire, Maine, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia, and Missouri.
Elizabeth Noll, of the Natural Resources Defense Council and MSPP graduate, testified before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on Energy Efficiency. The hearing focused on the recently released discussion draft of potential energy efficiency legislation. In her blog, Noll states three provisions, "that seek to weaken, delay, and repeal strong clean energy programs that work and are what Americans want."
A 6/3/14 EnergyWire story quotes Marilyn Brown in several places, along with Chuck Eaton (Georgia Commissioner), Tom Fanning (CEO, Southern Company), and Bill Johnson (CEO, TVA). It's one of the best Clean Air Act Section 111D stories focused on utilities in the South. Read Full Article
CNN's Elizabeth Landau wrote an article on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's report on Mitigation. Here is a brief exerpt from her article:
U.N. report: Don't delay on climate change
The longer we wait to mitigate the detrimental levels of carbon dioxide thrown into the atmosphere, the harder it's going to be to work against rising temperatures, says a leaked draft report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, obtained by CNN.
"It's really about cars and coal," said Marilyn Brown, professor of public policy at Georgia Institute of Technology, who was one of the review editors of the report. "We need to reduce our reliance on coal power and find a way to transport ourselves and all of the goods we consume more economically, more efficiently."