Synapse Energy Economics Inc.
Can the U.S. electric grid handle integration of large-scale wind, solar and other variable-load renewable energy sources and be reliable? A new report from Synapse Energy Economics Inc. released by the Civil Society Institute (CSI) highlights the greater reliance on renewable energy and meeting projected load for each of 10 U.S. regions—not just during peak-demand conditions, but in every hour of every season of the year as consumers require.
In 2011, Synapse prepared a study for the CSI that introduced a transition scenario where the U.S. retires all of its coal plants and a quarter of its nuclear plants by 2050, moving instead toward a power system based on energy efficiency and renewable energy. Synapse's study showed that this scenario, in addition to achieving significant reductions in emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, costs society less than a "business as usual" strategy without considering the cost of carbon.
The new report looks at how reliable electricity generation would be under the low-carbon future outlined by the transition scenario. This report takes the analysis deeper and is based on existing technology.