Planning for Equitable Clean Energy Transitions

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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate neighborhood-level equity metrics that use new tools to direct climate-action plans and clean-energy program benefits to communities with the greatest need.
  • Apply lessons learned from Los Angeles' LA100 Equity Strategies project to your own equitable clean-energy and climate-action planning
  • Develop data-driven energy plans using the new National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Department of Energy Scenario Planner.

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Achieving 100 percent clean electricity by 2035 and decarbonizing the economy by 2050 are profound challenges. Many states and local governments have adopted these significant climate commitments.
Speakers introduce the Department of Energy and NREL's SLOPE Scenario Planner, which models county-level emissions from transportation and buildings under multiple scenarios through 2050. Its local-level projections allow planners to explore decarbonization and costs in the transportation and building sectors.

Learn how equity and energy data underlie strategies to achieve an equitable transition to 100 percent clean energy in Los Angeles and how the Atlanta Regional Commission uses the Scenario Planner tool in clean-energy planning.

Transitioning to a clean-energy economy is only possible if climate actions and clean-energy technologies are accessible and beneficial to all communities. Research reveals inequitable distribution of clean energy benefits to date, but case studies and tools exist that will enable equity-focused energy planning moving forward.