The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) of 2022 is set to deliver the largest investment - nearly $370 billion - in climate action in U.S. history. The IRA is poised to rapidly scale up clean energy production to drive reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
Sammy Roth's Los Angeles Times business article explores how the IRA might achieve emissions reduction goals and overcome local opposition to renewable energy infrastructure. Roth's article cites a research project which has studied more than 50 American renewable energy projects that were paused, delayed, or canceled because of stiff opposition. The research team, led by DUSP's Lawrence Susskind and Jungwoo Chun, found certain patterns of conflict that arise when developers propose new renewable energy facilities. The research team created an open access database describing a wide range of renewable energy siting conflicts with the goal of pinpointing the key sources of opposition in the hope of avoiding or mitigating future conflicts.