Category: Circular Economy

Once among the country’s largest emitters, TransAlta joins journey to carbon neutrality 3/6/2021

Once among the country’s largest emitters, TransAlta joins journey to carbon neutrality

Payne Institute Senior Research Associate Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon contributes to this article about how earlier this week, the Calgary-based company TransAlta Corp. announced its intention to be carbon neutral by 2050, joining a growing group of Canadian energy companies on a similar journey. As part of its pledge, it will lower company greenhouse gas emissions by 60 per cent by the end of the decade, a sharp drop from 2015 levels. It will discontinue coal-fired power generation in the country by the end of this year, as it converts existing facilities in Alberta to use natural gas. March 6, 2021. 

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: EV demand surges, but battery trouble looms — report 3/1/2021

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: EV demand surges, but battery trouble looms — report

Payne Institute Senior Research Associate Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon contributes to this article about how even as the world’s biggest battery companies pour billions of dollars into new production facilities and pursue supply deals with carmakers, it’s far from clear which battery chemistry will emerge as the preferred energy source for tomorrow’s electric vehicles, Moody’s Investors Service wrote in a research note published Friday.  March 1, 2021. 

Actorless Threats 2/26/2021

Actorless Threats

Payne Institute Fellow Andreas Goldthau, Franz Haniel Professor at the Willy Brandt School of Public Policy, and Research Group Leader at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies; and Kirsten Westphal, a Senior Analyst at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, and Director Morgan Bazilian write about our age of the “actorless threats”. As Bazilian and Hendrix argued in a recent essay, “Mitigating or adapting to slow-onset, actorless threats like climate change…requires a reimagining of our national security priorities and architecture.” Climate change gives rise to cascading risks of habitat destruction, infectious disease outbreaks or biodiversity loss. These threats have already started to cause loss of life at significant scales. They have added friction to various aspects of geopolitics and the relationship between states and people.  February 26, 20201.

Power cuts in Texas and elsewhere could cost Colorado energy consumers 2/20/2021

Power cuts in Texas and elsewhere could cost Colorado energy consumers

Payne Institute Director Morgan Bazilian contributes to this article about how Xcel Colorado was hit with $650 million in added fuel costs early last week.  Colorado residents were spared from the massive power outages last week and have fared well.  But Colorado consumers likely won’t get off scot-free. The lack of adequate preparation in other states could show up in higher fuel costs on utility bills in the coming months, depending on how much regulators allow to pass through.  February 20, 2021.

The Oxford Handbook of Energy Politics January 2021

The Oxford Handbook of Energy Politics

Payne Institute Faculty Fellow Dr. Kathleen J. Hancock and Juliann Emmons Allison have written a book looking at everything we once knew about energy resources and technologies that has been impacted by: the longstanding scientific consensus on climate change and related support for renewable energy; the affordability of extraction of unconventional fuels; increasing demand for energy resources by middle- and low-income nations; new regional and global stakeholders; fossil fuel discoveries and emerging renewable technologies; awareness of (trans)local politics; and rising interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and the need for energy justice.  January 2021.  

What Biden’s Climate Plan Means for Alberta 1/29/2021

What Biden’s Climate Plans Means for Alberta

Payne Institute Senior Research Associate Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon is featured on this podcast discussing Biden’s plan “net zero to 2050” with the key elements vehicle electrification and a zero carbon electricity sector, both framed around jobs and economy.  January 29, 2021.  

In Colorado, President Biden’s Energy Leasing moratorium on public lands brings praise, lawsuit 1/27/2021

In Colorado, President Biden’s Energy Leasing moratorium on public lands brings praise, lawsuit

Payne Institute Fellow Brad Handler contributes to this article on how the White House ordered a leasing pause while oil, gas, and leasing practices undergo a review. The order makes tackling climate change a priority and will be in place for public lands and waters while leasing and permitting practices for fossil fuel development undergo a “rigorous review.”  January 27, 2021.  

RAISING GLOBAL ENERGY AMBITIONS: THE 1,000 KWH MODERN ENERGY MINIMUM 1/26/2021

RAISING GLOBAL ENERGY AMBITIONS: THE 1,000 KWH MODERN ENERGY MINIMUM

Payne Institute Fellows Todd Moss, Johannes Urpelainen, Director Morgan Bazilian, and others write about how energy is fundamental to modern living and any competitive prosperous economy. The SDG7 calls for modern energy for all, but the indicator for tracking progress against this goal is meeting a very low level of residential electricity consumption.  They propose a new Modern Energy Minimum of 1,000 kWh per person per year, inclusive of both household and non-household electricity consumption.  January 26, 2021.

Why even a pandemic couldn’t stop the renewable energy boom 1/11/2021

Why even a pandemic couldn’t stop the renewable energy boom

Payne Institute Advisory Board member Nawal Al-Hosany writes an opinion article on how investor interest in clean energy is soaring, and the world needs to seize the moment.  Despite being generally accepted as one of the most difficult years on record for many industries, 2020 demonstrated the inherent resilience of renewable energy solutions.  January 11, 2021.

Colorado School of Mines launches Global Energy Future initiative 1/8/2021

Colorado School of Mines Launches Global Energy Future Initiative

In collaboration with the Payne Institute of Public Policy, Colorado School of Mines today is announcing a new initiative aimed at bringing together some of the world’s foremost global thought leaders and decision makers in the energy sector to discover, collaborate and network around key aspects of our energy future.  The Mines Global Energy Future Initiative will produce annual programming focused on the role of oil and gas, renewable energy, carbon capture utilization and storage, supply chain transparency, emissions monitoring, circular economy and more – themes that all reflect Mines’ scientific and technical expertise across the energy system and demonstrates the university’s cradle-to-cradle approach to creating a sustainable global energy future.  January 8, 2021.