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Countercyclical energy and climate policy for the U.S.

Con­tin­u­a­tion of the U.S.s his­tor­i­cal pat­tern address­ing energy prob­lems only in times of cri­sis is unlikely to cat­alyze a tran­si­tion to an energy sys­tem with fewer adverse social impacts. Instead, the U.S. needs to bol­ster sup­port for energy inno­va­tion when the per­ceived urgency of energy-​​related prob­lems appears to be reced­ing. Because of the lags involved in both the energy sys­tem and the climate sys­tem, decar­boniz­ing the econ­omy will require extra­ordinary per­sis­tence over decades. This need for sus­tained com­mit­ment is in con­trast to the last several decades, which have been marked by volatil­ity and cycles of boom and bust.  In con­trast to the often –repeated phrase that one should never let a good cri­sis go to waste, the U.S. needs to most actively fos­ter energy inno­va­tion when aspects of energy and cli­mate prob­lems appear to be improv­ing. We describe the ratio­nale for a coun­ter­cycli­cal approach to energy and cli­mate pol­icy, which involves pre-​​commitment t o a set of poli­cies that go into effect once a set of trigger con­di­tions are met.

Ponce de Leon, Diego

I am work­ing on my  MS/​PhD at the Energy and Resources Group (ERG). My research is in low-​​carbon (low-​​impact) energy sys­tems and eco­nomic devel­op­ment, mod­el­ing high renew­able energy future sce­nar­ios, and deploy­ing sMArt Grid (high-​​tech/​low-​​cost) pilots in the ris­ing south.  I’ve worked in Chi­a­pas (Mex­ico) devel­op­ing regional micro­cre­dit schemes and river sur­vey stud­ies,  designed and built ‘low-​​tech/​high– impact’ water dis­tri­b­u­tion sys­tems for small com­mu­ni­ties in Uganda and Hon­duras, have used GIS mod­els and InVest (Inte­grated Val­u­a­tion of Envi­ron­men­tal ser­vices and Trade­offs) to study the hydrol­ogy of the Linthipe Basin (Malawi), and inves­ti­gated link­ages between hydro­log­i­cal vari­abil­ity, energy use, and agri­cul­ture in Pun­jab and Telan­gana (India).

My cur­rent work is in Nicaragua devel­op­ing and build­ing sce­nar­ios for the SWITCH model – opti­miz­ing the pen­e­tra­tion of renew­able energy into the country’s elec­tric power sys­tem, and deploy­ing the country’s first micro-​​scale demand response pro­gram (DR) through the use of ‘flex­i­ble energy toolkits’.

You can visit my web­site: dleonb​.com, LinkedIn, and Insta­gram accounts

 

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