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US State Policy Analysis and Modeling

What It Is

RMI supports state-level policymakers, advocates, and researchers by developing credible, rigorous, and accessible analysis to help drive informed climate action. We aspire to support US states in building a sustainable, equitable, and inclusive future for their residents while reducing emissions in line with science-based targets for no more than 1.5°C of warming.

Why It Matters

US national climate policy must encompass all levels of government and civil society if we are to decarbonize the economy at the speed and scale necessary to limit warming to 1.5°C. States are critical to subnational climate action, including:

  • Pushing the boundaries of clean energy and climate action by testing new policies, programs, and technologies that can lead to models and best practices for broader application
  • Contextualizing ambitious climate action to the unique economic, environmental, and political realities of each state
  • Accelerating rollout and implementation of ambitious climate plans, policies, and programs.

State action will more effective and durable if it is informed by data and analysis that helps focus climate action on high-impact policies and actions that are aligned with a 1.5°C ambition.

What We Are Doing

In partnership with Energy Innovation, we are developing and releasing open-access, state-level versions of the Energy Policy Simulator, a web-based policy planning tool that allows users to design policy scenarios and model economic, emissions, and health outcomes. We engage a diverse and inclusive network of stakeholders in each state to support use of the tools and co-create solutions that advance economy-wide deep decarbonization.

Who's Involved

In addition to partnering with Energy Innovation on development of the Energy Policy Simulator (see above), we work with a diverse network of policymakers and advocates at the state-level to support their analytical needs.

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