The Spring 2017 Energy Activist included a feature previewing the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Analysis for Washington State, a new study that identifies specific strategies to help Washington achieve its statewide goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the global goal of limiting climate warming to two degrees Celsius.
The report is now available and can be seen here!
In summary, it finds that:
- An 80% reduction in state greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 is affordable and can be accomplished without the early retirement of existing infrastructure and without the need for technology that has not yet been proven.
- Success will rely on three pillars – enhanced energy efficiency, increased electrification of end uses, and decarbonization of electric generation.
- Costs for the transformation will fall disproportionately on hard-to-electrify sectors like industry and heavy-duty trucking. As a result, mitigating policies may be required.
The report’s emphasis on greatly expanding energy efficiency aligns closely with policies the Coalition has long advocated. And the recognition of a need to address dislocations that may result for some communities is consistent with our commitment to equity and justice as the energy system transitions.
By serving as a pilot site along with the states of New York and California, Washington has again distinguished itself as a leader in addressing one of our most pressing economic, social, and environmental challenges.
The NW Energy Coalition congratulates Governor Jay Inslee for undertaking the project and looks forward to working with his administration, utilities, businesses, communities, and advocacy organizations to develop and implement policies that help fulfill the vision that the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Analysis for Washington State demonstrates is both possible and affordable.