An Energy Transition Planning Toolbox

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The importance of electricity in our lives will continue to grow. At the same time, the realities of climate change are bringing new, highly motivated voices to the table to bargain for an energy transition. These people are working to secure community-level commitments to a renewable energy transition. Their stated goal is to stave off the worst effects of climate change. Together, their efforts are meaningfully increasing the number of participants in this traditionally consensus-oriented industry.

With interest in movements like “Ready for 100” growing, there’s a need to facilitate interactions between traditional “energy people” and community leaders. One of the biggest and most immediate hurdles is general literacy about the energy industry. Terms, definitions, abbreviations, and units are commonly confused or even unknown. Community leaders need to build the capacity to have more productive conversations about the energy energy. We’ve developed a “toolbox” of free resources to help motivated people increase their knowledge and ability to engage constructively with industry stakeholders.

Energy Transition Planning Toolbox

  1. RE-Mixer: An Excel-based electricity generation transition scenario modeling calculator. It allows for development of a rough-cut energy mix and cost for transitioning to renewables over a given timeline.
    • Whitepaper: We walk through the RE-Mixer inputs and use the tool to model a transition to 100% Renewable Energy for the five-county Greater Philadelphia area by 2050.
    • Research Library: A robust, curated library of current research on energy transition possibilities, equipment cost and trends, meant to add context and enable a rich experience while using RE-Mixer.
  2. HybridFAST: Excel-based financial analysis spreadsheet tool for solar PV, battery, or solar-plus-storage projects. Allows users to develop a cashflow, payback, ROI, IRR, and other financial metrics these systems, and to better understand their sensitivities market conditions and other externalities.
  3. Energy Transition Planning Terms: 104 hand-selected terms related to energy transition planning, organized into economic, regulatory and technical topics by color. Each term has a definition, pros and cons, and a “Real Talk” section that places the topic within the context of energy transition planning.