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The economic impacts of various combinations of technologies to meet future electricity needs. This report examines the implications of using alternative power-generation technologies to meet future energy demands in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It concludes that 20 percent of the new electricity that will be produced by natural-gas-fired generation and by dams on the lower Snake River could be replaced by a mix of renewable energy (wind and solar power) and energy efficiency without much impact on the economy.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two


  • Chapter Three


  • Chapter Four

    Findings from the Analysis

  • Chapter Five


  • Appendix A

    Study Methodology

  • Appendix B

    Estimated Costs and Benefits from Removing the Lower Snake River Dams

  • Appendix C

    Cost Breakdowns of Power-Generation Technologies

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