Future Cost-Competitive Electricity Systems And Their Impact On US CO2 Emissions

  Future Cost-Competitive Electricity Systems and Their Impact on US CO2 Emissions, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and published in the Nature Climate Change journal, models the benefits of constructing a nationwide HVDC transmission network designed to tap into renewable and other low-carbon resources geographically dispersed throughout the country. Under such a network design,…

New Jersey Integrated Energy Plan

  New Jersey’s Integrated Energy Plan, commissioned by the state’s Board of Public Utilities and based on analysis by the Rocky Mountain Institute, finds that existing New Jersey policies will not be sufficient to meet the state’s clean energy goals. Modeling of the least-cost pathways to meet these goals finds that PJM-to-New Jersey transmission will need…

Minnesota’s Smarter Grid

  Minnesota’s Smarter Grid, a study performed by Vibrant Clean Energy, models eight future Eastern Interconnection electric system scenarios to determine the optimal pathways through which Minnesota can meet its state goal of decarbonizing its economy 80 percent from 2005 levels by 2050 (80×50). A more flexible grid with increased interstate transmission can efficiently support…

Informing The Transmission Discussion

  Informing the Transmission Discussion offers an overview of the challenges each US region faces as a result of changing energy mixes, increases in electrification, increases in demand-side variability from DERs and energy storage and the need for location-constrained renewables. The study looks at the current regional transmission landscape and examines what must be done to…

Report On Barriers And Opportunities For High Voltage Transmission

  In its Report on Barriers and Opportunities for High Voltage Transmission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) provides a strong endorsement of large-scale transmission, stating that, “high voltage transmission can improve the reliability and resilience of the transmission system by allowing utilities to share generating resources, enhance the stability of the existing transmission system, aid…

The Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative

  The Eastern Interconnection Planning Collaborative (EIPC), funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, released a two-phase study assessing future power sector infrastructure needs across the Eastern Interconnection. Phase II of the study developed transmission expansion buildouts for three future scenarios selected from a larger set of eight scenarios identified in Phase I. The three…