Beyond Business As Usual: Technology and Economics for an American Clean Energy Future
Civil Society Institute has produced through Synapse Energy Economics, Inc. well-researched studies that show the way to this future. The most recent report, released November 16, 2011, Toward A Sustainable Future For the US Power Sector, demonstrates that a clean energy future relying primarily upon current technologies of renewables and energy conservation is feasible and affordable, and even money saving.
See here for a co-joint press release by Christians For The Mountains, Coal River Mountain Watch, and Ohio Valley Envirobnmental Coalition.
Beyond Business As Usual (Beyond BAU) (2010) provides an objective analysis of the cost of moving away from coal and nuclear fuels toward efficiency and renewables. This report finds that the full coal fleet could be retired and replaced by 2050 at no net cost to ratepayers.
Benefits Of Beyond BAU: Human, Social, and Environmental Damages Avoided through the Retirement of the US Coal Fleet (January 2011) expands the earlier study to include the toxic externalities currently imposed upon the population.
Mark Jacobson and Mark Deluchci have written an outstanding analysis in the November 2009 prestigious Scientific American magazine.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, based in Golden, Colorado, is the US government entity researching renewable energy. In July 2012, the NREL produced a report asserting that "Renewable electricity generation from technologies that are commercially available today, in combination with a more flexible electric system, is more than adequate to supply 80% of total U.S. electricity generation in 2050 while meeting electricity demand on an hourly basis in every region of the country."