Clean Energy Transition Plans

This page contains links to published reports, plans, and studies that act as reference guides to achieving a low-carbon future. We also offer published defense of studies in which the authors respond to criticism or attacks.

Reports / Plans / Studies

» Electric Cost Allocation for a New Era
A Manual By Jim Lazar, Paul Chernick, and William Marcus
Edited by Mark LeBel
By Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)
January 2020

» Energy Storage: The New Efficiency ― How States Can Use Efficiency Funds to Support Battery Storage and Flatten Costly Demand Peaks
By Todd Olinsky-Paul, Clean Energy Group
April 3, 2019

» Eight Ways Boston Could Become Carbon Free
BU researchers have outlined an aggressive plan for the city to eliminate emissions by 2050
Summary with link to report
By Kat J. McAlpine, Boston University Research
January 29, 2019

» Top Policies For Reducing Emissions
By Energy Innovation Policy & Technology LLC
January, 2019

» Energy Policy Simulator
What Are the Best Policies to Solve Climate Change?
By Energy Innovation Policy & Technology LLC
January, 2019

» Massachusetts Comprehensive Energy Plan (CEP)
Assessment of multi-sector supply, demand, affordability and emissions.
By MA Department of Energy Resources
December 12, 2018
The Comprehensive Energy Plan

By Amy Egerter, Martha Campbell, and Jamie Mandel, Rocky Mountain Institute
November, 2018

» EnergyVision 2030
By Acadia Center

» The Economics of Clean Energy Portfolios
By Mark Dyson, Alex Engel, Jamil Farbes, Rocky Mountain Institute

» Massachusetts Energy Efficiency Advisory Council Resolution Regarding the 2019-2021 Massachusetts Joint Statewide Three-Year Electric and Gas Energy Efficiency Investment Plans
October 30, 2018

» Exponential Climate Action Roadmap
Global Climate Action Summit
September, 2018

» 100% Renewable Agenda outlines ambitious clean energy roadmap
By Ben Hellerstein, Environment Massachusetts
News release with link to agenda
July 24, 2018

» Sustainable Cities and Society
100% clean and renewable Wind, Water, and Sunlight (WWS) all-sector energy roadmaps for 53 towns and cities in North America
By Mark Jacobson, et al, Elsevier
June 30, 2018

» Demand Response for Natural Gas Distribution
Opportunities and Challenges
By The Brattle Group
June, 2018

» Global Energy Transformation: A Roadmap to 2050
By International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
April, 2018

» Rethinking the Future
Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation
By Tony Seba, 70th Conference on World Affairs, Boulder, CO
April 9, 2018

» Annual Energy Outlook 2018
EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook provides modeled projections of domestic energy markets through 2050, and it includes cases with different assumptions regarding macroeconomic growth, world oil prices, technological progress, and energy policies.
By US Energy Information Agency (EIA)
February 6, 2018

» EnergyVision 2030
Transitioning to a Low-Emissions Energy System in the Northeast
By Acadia Center
May 9, 2017

» Charging Ahead: An Energy Storage Guide for Policymakers
By Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC)
April, 2017

» Studies on Grid Reliability With High Penetrations of Wind, Water, and Sunlight (WWS)
Links To Various Studies By Dr. Mark Jacobson, PhD, Stanford University
Includes link to: A low-cost solution to the grid reliability problem over 48 contiguous U.S. states with 100% penetration of intermittent wind, water, and solar for all purposes (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2015)

Publications range from 2009 to Present


» A Stanford professor drops his ridiculous defamation lawsuit against his scientific critics
By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times

Feb 23, 2018
NFGIM Comment: Dr. Jacobson’s defense included this unconventional lawsuit, which may have stifled constructive scientific discussion. This article is provided here for a fuller picture, along with other info below.

» What New York Times Got Wrong on Assessment of Transition to 100% Renewables
This is a response to Eduardo Porter’s article in the New York Times on June 20, “Fisticuffs Over the Route to a Clean Energy Future.”
By Mark Jacobson,
July 10, 2017

» Note to National Review: A 100% Renewable Future Is Alive and Well
This is a response to Robert Bryce’s article in National Review on June 24, “Appalling Delusion of 100% Renewables Exposed: National Academy of Science Refutes Mark Jacobson’s Dream That Our Economy Can Run Exclusively on ‘Green’ Energy.”
By Mark Jacobson,
July 7, 2017

» Response to Forbes: Stop Inaccuracies—100% Renewable Energy Is Possible
This is a response to James Conca’s article in Forbes on June 26, “Debunking the Unscientific Fantasy of 100% Renewables.”
By Mark Jacobson,
July 6, 2017

» 4 Reasons Nuclear and Fossil Fuel Supporters Criticizing 100% Renewable Energy Plan Are Wrong
PNAS published a paper today by nuclear and fossil fuel supporters, which is replete with false information for the sole purpose of criticizing a 2015 paper colleagues and I published in the same journal on the potential for the U.S. grid to stay stable at low cost with 100 percent renewable wind, water and solar power. The journal also published our response to the paper.
By Mark Jacobson,
June 19, 2017

» Line-by-Line Response by M.Z. Jacobson, M.A.Delucchi to Evaluation of a proposal for reliable low-cost grid power with 100% wind, water, and solar (Christopher T. M. Clack, et al.)
Reference Document By Jacobson et al.
May 25, 2017

» The United States can keep the grid stable at low cost with 100% clean, renewable energy in all sectors despite inaccurate claims
Letter By Mark Z. Jacobson, Mark A. Delucchi, Mary A. Cameron, and Bethany A. Frew; Published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)
June 27, 2017