Scientists to Evaluate Social Costs and Non-Energy Benefits of California’s Clean Energy Goals
OAKLAND, CA – The California Energy Commission (CEC) has selected PSE Healthy Energy to support their development of social cost and non-energy benefit metrics for the deployment of clean energy resources. These metrics will be used to evaluate scenarios for achieving California’s clean energy goals, including through California’s 100 percent clean energy target, as defined in Senate Bill 100 (SB100).
“Transitioning to 100 percent renewable and zero-carbon electricity resources by 2045 will reshape California’s energy systems,” says PSE Healthy Energy Senior Scientist Patrick Murphy. “By helping identify the potential non-energy costs and benefits of this transition, we hope to advance strategies that achieve our climate goals and maximize the benefits for public health, the environment, equity, and resilience.”
Under the contract, PSE Healthy Energy will partner with HR&A Advisors and George Washington University to analyze key factors likely to be impacted by the clean energy transition, including land-use impacts, air quality, water supply and quality, and economic and affordability impacts. The team will consider public health, equity, and resilience as cross-cutting factors. The team will work closely with the CEC to coordinate other government stakeholders and the public in order to develop standard approaches for incorporating these social costs and non-energy benefits into existing and future planning processes and frameworks.
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PSE Healthy Energy (PSE) is a scientific research institute generating energy and climate solutions that protect public health and the environment. PSE provides expertise in public health, environmental science, and engineering and brings science to energy policy through actionable research, communications, and advising. Visit us at psehealthyenergy.org and follow us on X @PhySciEng.