2017 Standard Scenarios Report: A U.S. Electricity Sector Outlook

Wesley Cole, Trieu Mai, Paritosh Das, Paul Donohoo-Vallett, James Richards

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


The 2017 Standard Scenarios includes a suite of U.S. electricity sector scenarios. The report explores four power sector storylines, including the growth in natural gas and renewable energy, the relative competitiveness of wind and solar PV, the potential impact of low-cost battery storage, and the impact of nuclear lifetimes on the capacity expansion of the power sector.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages62
StatePublished - 2017

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-68548


  • annual technology baseline
  • battery storage
  • capacity expansion
  • electricity
  • natural gas
  • nuclear
  • photovoltaics
  • projection
  • renewable energy
  • retirements
  • standard scenarios
  • wind


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