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Meeting Renewable Energy Targets in the West at Least Cost: The Integration Challenge

Meeting Renewable Energy Targets in the West at Least Cost: The Integration Challenge

Date: 6/19/2012

A new report for the Western Governors' Association explores ways to reduce integration costs for wind and solar resources to the region's electricity consumers, identifies barriers to adopting these measures, and recommends possible state actions to overcome these challenges. Drawing from existing studies and experience to date, Meeting Renewable Energy Targets in the West at Least Cost: The Integration Challenge describes how the Western United States can harness flexibility in grid operations, loads, and generating plants to complement wind and solar generation. The Regulatory Assistance Project led the team that prepared the report, including analysts at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Exeter Associates. The Energy Foundation and U.S. Energy Department provided funding. A technical committee provided guidance and review. An executive summary is available in addition to the full report.

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