Evaluating Renewable Portfolio Standards and Carbon Cap Scenarios in the U.S. Electric Sector

Lori Bird, Caroline Chapman, Jeff Logan, Jenny Sumner, Walter Short

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Abstract

This report examines the impact of renewable portfolio standards (RPS) and cap-and-trade policy options on the U.S. electricity sector. The analysis uses the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Regional Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) model that simulates the least-cost expansion of electricity generation capacity and transmission in the U.S. to examine the impact of a variety of emissions caps-and RPS scenarios both individually and combined. The generation mix, carbon emissions, and electricity price are examined for various policy combinations simulated in the modeling.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)2573-2585
Number of pages13
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume39
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2011

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-6A20-50749

Keywords

  • cap and trade
  • policy implementation
  • renewable portfolio standard

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