2018 emissions should also be low, as electricity demand was down 3 percent from the previous year and water flow was above average.
The Council's preliminary analysis sheds light on the implications of California’s new legislation in terms of resource development, carbon emissions, and wholesale electricity prices in the Pacific Northwest and greater West-wide region.
The impact of California's aggressive clean energy goal has far-reaching ramifications for the Northwest and beyond. The Council is assessing how it could affect the power system.
The electricity sector is the primary source of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S., followed closely by the transportation sector. Together, they account for close to 70 percent of the nation’s emissions.
Modern-day wind turbines are becoming more efficient and productive. If technical advances continue and the cost of wind power declines, opportunities for new wind power development are significant.
It may be America’s “forgotten” resource, but here in the Pacific Northwest, hydropower is very much remembered and valued.
The cost of solar has decreased dramatically, helping to spur its growth in the Northwest as several utility-scale solar PV projects in Southern Idaho and Southeastern Oregon are about to come online.
Solar power has taken off in the U.S. thanks to improving technology, which has lowered the costs of photovoltaic installations for utilities and homeowners.