Climate Wire: New Database Allows Energy Statistics Comparisons

July 5, 2013

This report features the newly launched State Energy Analysis Tool, which is hosted and maintained by the Georgetown Climate Center. The State Energy and Analysis Tool is a powerful clean energy calculator and data resource that brings together a unique combination of data and analytic tools to provide a comprehensive state-level overview of the energy sector and helps identify potential opportunities for a cleaner energy future. 

"One of the strengths of this tool is it compiles a variety of different information; it helps states think about the comprehensive energy landscape," said Gabe Pacyniak, an institute associate at the Climate Center.

The tool also lets users model how a state could benefit from a carbon cap. Kate Zyla, research and policy director at the Climate Center, said the tool uses data from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, known as RGGI, because it allows the tool to "make some assumptions and estimates" about how a cap-and-trade program would perform in other states. Users are able to specify a variety of inputs, including the allowance price, the percentage of emissions for which allowances are sold and how revenue is reinvested.

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