|Title||A Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards|
|LBNL Report Number||LBNL-1003961|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Wiser, Ryan H., Galen L. Barbose, Jenny Heeter, Trieu Mai, Lori Bird, Mark Bolinger, Alberta Carpenter, Garvin A. Heath, David Keyser, Jordan Macknick, Andrew D. Mills, and Dev Millstein|
This is the second in a series of reports exploring the costs, benefits, and other impacts of state renewable portfolio standards (RPS). This report focuses on the benefits and impacts of all state RPS programs, in aggregate, for the year 2013. Relying on a well-vetted set of methods, this report evaluates a number of important benefits and impacts in both physical and monetary terms, where possible, and characterizes key uncertainties. In particular, the study evaluates potential societal benefits associated with reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution emissions, and water use. It also assesses the impacts—which are best considered resource transfers rather than societal benefits—associated with gross jobs and economic development, wholesale electricity prices, and natural gas prices. The prior study in this series focused on historical RPS compliance costs, and future work will evaluate costs, benefits, and other impacts of RPS policies prospectively.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory hosted a webinar on January 13, 2016 entitled "A Retrospective Analysis of the Benefits and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards."
To view a recording of the webinar, click here.
|Report PDF||4.15 MB|
|Presentation PDF||1.16 MB|
|Factsheet PDF||151.06 KB|
|Press Release PDF||102.68 KB|