Cover: Generating Electric Power in the Pacific Northwest

Generating Electric Power in the Pacific Northwest

Implications of Alternative Technologies

Published 2002

by Christopher G. Pernin, Mark A. Bernstein, Andrea Mejia, Howard Shih, Fred Reuter, Wilbur Steger


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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.

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