Getting to Zero Carbon Emissions in the Electric Power Sector

Jesse D. Jenkins, Max Luke, Samuel Thernstrom

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We summarize insights from 40 studies, collectively outlining two broad pathways to decarbonize electricity: one relying primarily on wind and solar power with support from storage, demand flexibility, and transmission expansion; and a second harnessing these options alongside “firm” low-carbon resources such as nuclear, geothermal, biomass, and carbon capture and storage. Both routes may be feasible but must overcome several challenges. Improving and expanding the portfolio of available low-carbon resources offers a greater likelihood of affordably achieving deep decarbonization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2498-2510
Number of pages13
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 19 2018
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Energy


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