The Energy-Poverty-Climate Nexus

Christian E. Casillas and Daniel M. Kammen

Close to two-thirds of the world’s poorest people live in rural areas ( 1). Eradication of rural poverty depends on increased access to goods, services, and information, targets detailed in the United Nations Millennium Development Goals. However, alleviating poverty is hindered by two interlinked phenomena: lack of access to improved energy services and worsening environmental shocks due to climate change... (Download)

SunShot Solar Power Reduces Costs and Uncertainty in Future Low-Carbon Electricity Systems

Ana Mileva,James H. Nelson,Josiah Johnston,and Daniel M. Kammen

The United States Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative has set cost-reduction targets of $1/watt for central-station solar technologies. We use SWITCH, a high-resolution electricity system planning model, to study the implications of achieving these targets for technology deployment and electricity costs in western North America, focusing on scenarios limiting carbon emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050... (Download)

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