Author: Mai, T. | Wiser, R. | Sandor, D. | Brinkman, G. | Heath, G. |Denholm, P. | Hostick, D.J. | Darghouth, N. | Schlosser, A. | Strzepek, K.
Organization: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Report Date: 2012
This NREL study provides an analysis of the grid integration opportunities, challenges, and implications of high levels of renewable energy generation for the U.S. electric grid system.
- The report finds the renewable energy technologies are available today could supply 80% of total U.S. electricity generation in 2050 (with 50% provided by solar and wind) if there was a more flexible electric grid system.
- Solar energy could contribute 13 - 22% of total electricity generated by 2050.
- Technical potential of utility-scale PV and CSP is estimated at 80,000 GW and 37,000 GW respectively.
- Technical potential of rooftop solar is estimated at 700 GW.