“States are leading the way right now,” Dimanchev said.
“That’s where climate policy is taking place and renewable energy policy is largely taking place.” But there are still state battles, too, especially in the Rust Belt.
Dimanchev presented his research on Ohio’s senate floor in June as it deliberated on whether to roll back its renewable portfolio standards to subsidize nuclear energy and coal.
Throwing out the standards completely would lead to an average of 50 premature deaths per year starting in 2030.
However, not everyone agrees with these perceptions about renewable sources.
The conception that renewables are unsuitable for providing baseload power is termed by some ‘The Baseload Fallacy’. Those who hold this view claim that some renewables are indeed able to produce reliable continuous power.And then there are the health risks, ranging from more annoying allergy seasons to a jump in heat-related illnesses and deaths.But this study, published August 12th in examined the health benefits and financial incentives that come along with states using more renewable energy. On top of limiting greenhouse gases that warm the planet, moving away from dirtier sources of energy also affects air quality.Ten states across the Midwest and Great Lakes region of the US could see .7 billion in health benefits in 2030 if they stick with current renewable energy standards, according to a new study from MIT.That’s about a 34 percent return on the .5 billion price tag associated with actually building out that infrastructure of renewable energy sources such as wind or solar farms.Ohio Governor Mike De Wine eventually signed a bill that didn’t gut the standards completely, but significantly walks them back.“The negative impacts on health will be significant and will not be very far off from the numbers we estimated for a full repeal,” Dimanchev says.They suggest that more use can be made of the similar profiles of diurnal output levels from solar-based renewables and the daily electricity demand curve; and that integration of a distributed system utilising a variety of renewable energy sources will have the capacity to provide reliable power on a continuous basis.This paper investigates the degree to which renewable sources of generation can deliver power, including baseload power.The MIT team strategically honed in on local measures that can be taken even as Trump rolls back federal action on air quality and climate change.His administration is facing a massive lawsuit filed by 22 states and seven local governments challenging his Affordable Clean Energy Act, which would weaken emissions standards for coal plants.