Ethan Elkind

How states will hit 100 percent clean energy

Ethan Elkind quoted by ClimateWire, Sept. 5, 2017

“They are still both basically aspirational,” Elkind said of the states’ goals. … “We know the technologies are there, but there’s huge question marks around the cost of transitioning to solely 100 percent renewables.”

Study: State climate policies boost Inland Empire’s economy

Ethan Elkind quoted by Capital & Main, Aug. 23, 2017

While many construction jobs are not permanent, those jobs and their ripple activity “helped the Inland Empire recover from the Great Recession faster,” said Ethan Elkind. … “Construction employment is where California’s climate policies have been an economic game changer.”

Cap-and-trade system an economic net positive for Inland Empire

Ethan Elkind co-writes for Daily Bulletin, July 12, 2017

After accounting for the costs and loss of jobs in industries required to comply with cap and trade, as well as the benefits from investments of cap-and-trade revenue, we found in the Inland Empire, the program had net economic impacts of $25.7 million, $900,000 in tax revenue and net employment growth of 154 jobs.

Where to plug in? Lack of charging options is a big barrier to electric car adoption in California

Ethan Elkind quoted by KPCC-FM, June 29, 2017

Now, the question of where to charge is a bigger issue, especially for the 40 percent of Californians who live in multi-unit apartment buildings, said Ethan Elkind. … Many of them don’t have a dedicated parking spot, which makes it difficult to charge an electric car at home. “It’s really telling that 80 percent of electric vehicle drivers live in a single-family home,” Elkind said.

Wall Street embraces Tesla–but will American drivers follow?

Ethan Elkind interviewed by KQED-FM, April 11, 2017

“This is a crucial technology for reducing our greenhouse gas emissions, there’s no doubt about it. … If we cannot switch to cleaner fuels, we’re not going to be able to achieve our long-term goals. Fortunately, electric vehicles present a really viable, attractive option as a different fuel source for driving.”

Report: Infill is key to California’s future

Ethan Elkind quoted by Builder Online, March 28, 2017

“By encouraging housing near jobs, services and transit, along with savings on household energy use, the state can grow its economy and eliminate almost 1.8 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year,” says Ethan Elkind. … “That’s the equivalent of avoiding emissions from 378,100 passenger vehicles annually.”

How California can hit housing and greenhouse emission goals

Ethan Elkind quoted by The Mercury News, March 27, 2017

“Even building in more expensive markets, you’re providing economic benefits for the people who live there. And there are huge quality-of-life benefits. You’re allowing people to live close to jobs and services; somebody is no longer having to commute in from a place like Tracy, for example. They could live in Santa Clara.”