New Transmission Investment Would Reduce Costs of Meeting Hypothetical 33% Renewable Energy Target in the West

Solar energy panels in a field on a sunny day
February 2010

A new analysis by scientists at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) for the Western Governor's Association explores renewable resource decisions in the West. The report's "sensitivity analysis" examines how decisions about which renewable sources are chosen, and how transmission lines are expanded, are affected by changes in policies and other uncertainties.