This grant, which also supports efforts to retire U.S. coal-fired power plants, would fund two categories of activities. First, it would provide analysis to the U.S. EPA justifying strong standards to regulate carbon at existing and new coal plants. This would be accompanied by media work and state based research that makes the economic and health impacts of the regulations outweigh the costs. In addition, the grant will help to fund testimony and research that argues that strong carbon regulation does not compromise the integrity of electric grid. Second, the Union of Concerned Scientists works in selected states to promote renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions to replace coal plants. They will do this through testimony at Public Utilities Commissions, through the media and with research that debunks claims that renewable energy is not cost effective.
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Grants to this Grantee
for a comprehensive survey and assessment of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion
for the Clean Transportation program
The Union of Concerned Scientists, a national nonprofit organization, uses rigorous, independent science to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. The union works to advance equitable and sustainable transportation electrification of both passenger and heavy-duty vehicles; improve access to low- and zero-carbon mobility options beyond electric vehicles; and promote guardrails in policies to decarbonize transportation fuels, while planning for petroleum phaseout. (Substrategy: Electrification)
for support of the Union of Concerned Scientists' Kendall Science Fellow program
The Kendall Science Fellows Program was established in 2010 to foster innovative and exploratory analysis on emerging, policy-relevant technical issues and to enhance science dialogue among NGOs by engaging a diverse group of both early-career and senior scientists from academia and other sectors. This grant is to the Union of Concerned Scientists to develop two sets of policies with regards to the California Renewable Energy Standard. First, what are the policies that will be necessary to ensure the California meets it Renewable energy goals in a low cost manner. Second, while Renewable Energy Standards have been remarkably effective in promoting renewable energy, there need to be a new set of policy frameworks that go beyond the RES. This grant seeks to develop that framework. Specifically, the grant will fund a fellowship at UCS to answer these questions.