Decarbonizing the Sunshine State
Updated: Dec 17, 2020
Today, EER releases new analysis for the state of Florida outlining a detailed energy system transition strategy for the state that is compatible with returning atmospheric CO2 concentrations to 350 ppm by 2100. This work was done in partnership with Our Children's Trust and the technical report can be downloaded here. The report includes an appendix that updates U.S.-wide results released in 2019.
We found that it was both technically and economically feasible for Florida to transform its energy system over the next thirty years. If done with proper planning, energy spending as a percentage of gross state product would continue to fall throughout the transition.
Florida is one of the most vulnerable U.S. states to the impacts of climate change, which provides strong incentives for the state to become a leader in climate mitigation. By prioritizing the pillars of decarbonization (electricity decarbonization, energy efficiency, and electrification), Florida can reduce its own emissions while setting an example for the region.
The evolution of the electricity sector through 2050, consistent with deep decarbonization, is shown in the interactive dashboard below. The dashboard gives a month-hour average of electricity generation and loads in the state.