Putting price tags on U.S. renewable-energy developments

By Paul Dvorak A critical component of recent DOE research efforts included development and application of credible methods to appropriately quantify – and in many cases monetizing – the effects of renewable energy deployment in the United States. For example, a high solar penetration scenario is found to yield about $400 billion reduction in climate-change damage and health benefits, reducing premature mortalities by as many as 59,000 lives.
The paper described in this post evaluates potential changes in the power system associated with sustained growth in wind generation in the United States to 35% of end-use demand by 2050.
The DOE’s Wind Vision scenario, meanwhile,

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