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    Low-carbon electricity can create a safer climate and more prosperous future.

  • Portfolios / Clean Power

    More efficient, low-carbon power generation is helping energy providers reduce demand for coal-fired power — the leading source of climate pollution and a costly threat to public health.

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  • Portfolios / Clean Power

    New business models, market rules, and regulatory practices are driving investment towards low-carbon electricity.

Annual Emissions Reductions Potential / 2030 Breakdown by ClimateWork Priority Regions

Annual Emissions Reductions Potential / 2030 Breakdown by ClimateWork Priority Regions

Annual Emissions Reductions Potential / Breakdown by ClimateWork Priority Regions

Key Data Points
25%

Roughly one-quarter of the global emissions reductions required to limit warming to 2°C are found in the power sector. (McKinsey & Co.)

$1 Trillion

By 2030, low-carbon power sector growth in ClimateWorks’ priority regions would yield more than $1 trillion in public health-related savings.

6.9 Million

Climate action in the power sectors of ClimateWorks’ priority regions would increase crop yields, helping feed 6.9 million more people.

These key data points come from Climate-Smart Development: Adding Up the Benefits of Actions that Help Build Prosperity, End Poverty and Combat Climate Change, developed in 2014 by ClimateWorks and the World Bank. Building on research to quantify the benefits of climate action and highlight scalable solutions, the report provides a framework to better understand the climate risks and benefits in different pathways to sustainable development. Its findings clearly demonstrate that climate action can both be a boon for economic activity, and deliver significant benefits to the climate.

The Clean Power Portfolio

The Clean Power Portfolio focuses on transforming the power sector in China, India, Europe, and the US, representing two-thirds of the world’s power-sector emissions and one-fourth of its total carbon emissions. As leaders in these economies take action, they can significantly influence the direction of power systems throughout the world.

Clean power can catalyze dramatic reductions in global CO₂ emissions and yields significant other benefits, such as healthier living conditions, increased energy security, and greater economic competitiveness. Strategies in the portfolio target key areas that, together, can accelerate the transformation of the global power sector.

Coal

Both the demand for coal-fired power and the share of electricity produced by traditional coal-fired power plants must be reduced quickly and significantly if we are to reduce the power sector’s outsized contribution of greenhouse gas emissions. By encouraging utilities to produce electricity from sources cleaner than coal, as well as working to build greener more resilient grids, ClimateWorks and its partners are working to create a healthier, more equitable, and more resilient power systems.

Low-Carbon Supply

To reduce reliance on coal-fired generation, zero- and low-carbon power supplies must scale up across the globe. Achieving such growth requires investments in grid-scale renewable energy, financial incentives to deploy clean technologies like rooftop solar, and policies that encourage integration of renewables.

New Business Models

Historically, utilities have been rewarded financially for building new plants and selling more power. But as more solar, wind, and other intermittent sources of clean power come online, the traditional utility business model is being challenged. To help modernize the utility business model, ClimateWorks and its partners are pushing to create greater financial incentives for clean energy investments in the power sector. ClimateWorks and its partners are also exploring how advanced technologies such as storage and greener, smarter grids can help to better integrate clean, intermittent power sources such as wind and solar.

Clean Power Program Team

The Clean Power Portfolio is coordinated through ClimateWorks by staff with expertise in public policy, research, politics, and philanthropy, and in collaboration with ClimateWorks' funding and regional partners.

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Jan Mazurek

Program Director, Clean Power

Jan Mazurek, PhD directs ClimateWork’s Clean Power campaign. She has worked on energy and climate policy at the federal and state level for more than 20 years. Mazurek most recently conducted technical research primarily around California’s power sector and Assembly 32 compliance. Prior to her power work, she served as Senior Policy Advisor to the California Air Resources Board. Before CARB, Mazurek was a member of the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team focused on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She has published two books with prestigious university presses and more than 100 publications. Mazurek also has testified on environmental policy matters before U.S. Congressional subcommittees. She holds a doctorate from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs.

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Jess Lam

Senior Program Associate, Clean Power

Jess Lam is the Senior Program Associate of the Clean Power program. Prior to joining ClimateWorks, Jess worked at ICF International supporting climate change and sustainability projects focusing on state, federal, and international GHG accounting. Ms. Lam has also worked at the Natural Resources Defense Council on building energy efficiency and UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies on sustainable transportation research. Jess holds a master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University and a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of California, Davis.