Mark Jacobson, Stanford University Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, presented a detailed plan for conversion of energy supply to totally renewable sources by 2050 that is specific for each state in the United States at the Feb. 15, 2014, session of the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago.
The analysis involves present energy supply, costs for conversion, cost savings for conversion, pollution reduction estimates, estimates of the number of lives that may be saved due to reduced pollution, the most effective and practical mix of technologies for each state, and the number of jobs that a new renewable energy system would produce.
The program would create 112,000 construction jobs and over 45,000 operational jobs.
The changes prescribed by Jacobson for Alabama would result in a 35 percent lower energy demand, reduce health costs by almost six billion dollars, and reduce the individual’s cost for energy by $4,600 per year.
Acceptance of the program in Alabama may be hindered by the close connection between coal, Alabama Power, and the majority Republican legislature of Alabama.