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Evaluation of a proposal for reliable low-cost grid power with 100% wind, water, and solar
NOAA, Earth Syst Res Lab, Boulder, CO 80305 USA.;Univ Colorado, Cooperat Inst Res Environm Sci, Boulder, CO 80305 USA.;Vibrant Clean Energy LLC, Erie, CO 80516 USA..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Physics, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Applied Nuclear Physics.
Carnegie Mellon Univ, Dept Engn & Publ Policy, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA.;Carnegie Mellon Univ, Tepper Sch Business, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 USA..
Columbia Univ, Ctr Global Energy Policy, New York, NY 10027 USA..
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2017 (English)In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, ISSN 0027-8424, E-ISSN 1091-6490, Vol. 114, no 26, 6722-6727 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A number of analyses, meta-analyses, and assessments, including those performed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the International Energy Agency, have concluded that deployment of a diverse portfolio of clean energy technologies makes a transition to a low-carbon-emission energy system both more feasible and less costly than other pathways. In contrast, Jacobson et al. [Jacobson MZ, Delucchi MA, Cameron MA, Frew BA (2015) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112(49): 15060-15065] argue that it is feasible to provide "low-cost solutions to the grid reliability problem with 100% penetration of WWS [wind, water and solar power] across all energy sectors in the continental United States between 2050 and 2055", with only electricity and hydrogen as energy carriers. In this paper, we evaluate that study and find significant shortcomings in the analysis. In particular, we point out that this work used invalid modeling tools, contained modeling errors, and made implausible and inadequately supported assumptions. Policy makers should treat with caution any visions of a rapid, reliable, and low-cost transition to entire energy systems that relies almost exclusively on wind, solar, and hydroelectric power.

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NATL ACAD SCIENCES , 2017. Vol. 114, no 26, 6722-6727 p.
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energy systems modeling, climate change, renewable energy, energy costs, grid stability
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Environmental Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-329639DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1610381114ISI: 000404108400048PubMedID: 28630353OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-329639DiVA: diva2:1143580
Available from: 2017-09-21 Created: 2017-09-21 Last updated: 2017-09-21Bibliographically approved

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