In the first webinar of our Health and Climate Solutions Webinar Series, Mustafa Ali, Elizabeth Yeampierre, and Patricia Cochran will lead a discussion on health…
Although the health benefits of reducing criteria pollutants have been quantified in numerous studies, putting a value on how energy efficiency and renewable energy reduce these pollutants and provide health benefits has been more technically challenging. As a result, most cost-effectiveness analyses leave it out, and energy planning typically values the benefits at zero.
A new tool published by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), “Estimating the Health Benefits per-Kilowatt Hour of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy,” has the potential to change this status quo. It demonstrates that the health benefits gained from installing wind and solar may exceed the cost of new clean energy resources, and confirms that energy efficiency continues to prove its worth as the “first fuel.”
Join us for a webinar discussion as the EPA’s Emma Zinsmeister explains more about this innovative new tool, and RAP’s Jim Lazar and Nancy Seidman offer ways in which policymakers can ensure that this public-health value is reflected in energy planning, resource acquisition, utility dispatch and electric rate design. The presentation will be followed by ample opportunity for questions.
On this webinar speakers will provide an overview of how the health sector contributes to climate change and showcase initiatives being instituted by health systems and health organizations to reduce climate pollution.
Case studies, lessons learned, and resources for utilities will be shared so utilities can learn from one another and improve their resilience to multiple challenges, including natural disasters, cyber threats, climate conditions, and aging infrastructure.