Somehow I seemed to have missed this, having read Jacobson and Delucchi’s original paper on 100% renewables in 30 years when it was first published in Scientific America. While I had come across the website some time ago, the Solutions Project, the duo have released their version of the 50 States Plan on the site which goes in to excruciating detail on what each individual States share and contribution to the overall renewable energy mix that would get the US to 100% renewable energy. An impossibly ambitious and necessary effort.
“The main barriers are social, political and getting industries to change. One way to overcome the barriers is to inform people about what is possible,” said Jacobson, who is also a senior fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and at the Precourt Institute for Energy. “By showing that it’s technologically and economically possible, this study could reduce the barriers to a large scale transformation.”
The Stanford University news has an excellent summary of Jacobson and Delucchi’s efforts, their methodology and some of their findings, specifically important is the overall energy consumption savings by switching to renewables.