If you consider the potential of renewable energy to reduce air pollution, than the study on the economic costs of air pollution “No Breathing Room” can suggest tremendous savings for communities where there are major polluters. I’m thinking of the ongoing toxin issues in Northern Alberta from the bitumen extraction infrastructure, and communities next to coal fired generators in particular.
I’d love to see more work in the area of local economic benefit. The case studies are compelling. It’s always great to read those. Though the SunMine project in Kimberly has less than compelling payback from the first one, things should improve tremendously for expansion, and provide much needed continuity of benefit over time.