The Low Carbon Grid Study

California’s electric sector can cut its carbon footprint in half by 2030 with minimal rate impact, minimal curtailment of renewable energy, and without compromising reliability.

The California 2030 Low Carbon Grid Study is a modeling effort that explores the ability of California’s electricity system to cost-effectively support deep emissions reductions by the year 2030. Modeling is being performed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), and additional analysis will be contributed by GE Energy Consulting and JBS Energy, Inc. in the second phase of the study. This work is supported by a diverse group of energy companies, trade associations, and foundations active in California and the rest of the Western Interconnection.

Key Results

California can cut electric sector emissions in half by 2030:

  • Using proven technology
  • With minimal rate impact
  • Without compromising reliability
  • With minimal curtailment of renewables
  • With a stable gas fleet dispatched with minimum cycling

This is possible with five key strategies:

  • A focus on carbon during procurement and operation
  • A diverse portfolio of renewables and energy efficiency
  • Use of flexible load
  • Cooperation throughout the West
  • Efficient use of the natural gas fleet

California 2030 Low Carbon Grid Study (LCGS) Phase 1 Results
California 2030 Low Carbon Grid Study (LCGS) Phase 1 Results
California 2030 Low Carbon Grid Study (LCGS) Results Factsheet
Please explore the rest of the site for full results and workpapers.
For more information about the study, click here.
For additional documents and resources, click here.
For information on the study’s funding and participants, click here.

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