The Debate Over America’s 2050 Energy Mix

By [email protected] What will the U.S. grid mix look like in 2050? It depends on which models you follow.

The future according to the Energy Information Administration’s latest report: Wind will stop growing, coal will stop declining, demand for electricity will keep going up, and emission reductions will moderate. A lot of people are unhappy about it.

It’s no secret that EIA is ultra-conservative in its modeling. But why is there such a disconnect from the technological and economic shifts in energy markets? And why does EIA have such a hard time mapping technological change? We’ll offer some solutions to the government’s data problem.


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