Path to 100% Renewables for California

WHITE PAPER

Path to 100% Renewables for California

Path to 100% Renewables for California


Meeting California’s goal of 100% renewable electricity by 2045 while also ensuring affordable and reliable power is a tremendous challenge. This white paper explores a new path that would enable California to meet its goal of 100% clean electricity by 2040 — five years ahead of schedule — slashing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution along the way. Compared to current plans, this path optimizes the number of wind farms and solar installations built in the state, saving billions of dollars and alleviating land-use and grid construction pressures. The proposed pathway features flexible thermal generation that can run on carbon-neutral fuel produced with excess solar and wind energy. Together with energy storage, flexible generation can ensure affordable, reliable electricity supply and a net-zero-carbon future.

Pathways towards 100% carbon reduction for electric utility power systems

What is the cost of a “carbon-free” system versus a “carbon-neutral system”? And what are these costs relative to? Read more in the white paper.
New Regulatory Frameworks for Grid Stability

This white paper addresses factors to be considered in developing policy frameworks to enable successful high penetration of RE into conventional energy systems.
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