Our friends over at the Union of Concerned Scientists released some new numbers on the benefits of a national 25% by 2025 Renewable Electricity Standard. Here are the highlights:
297,000 new jobs from renewable energy development.
$263.4 billion in new capital investment; $13.5 billion in income to farmers, ranchers, and rural landowners; and $11.5 billion in new local tax revenues.
$64.3 billion in lower electricity and natural gas bills by 2025 (growing to $95.5 billion by 2030).
Two percent reduction in power plant global warming pollution from today's levels by 2025-the equivalent of taking 45.3 million cars off the road.
In other good energy news, the Department of Energy now has a helpful website up revealing how much each city will receive in energy efficiency funds from the recently passed economic recovery package. Check it out here on the DOE website. (hat tip Green Inc)