Reliability of Supply in a Green Energy Future

Managers of regional electric grids have adapted to accommodate the rapid growth of renewable generation without jeopardizing the reliability of supply far better than many anticipated. However, as traditionally-dispatchable generators continue to exit the grid and renewables comprise an ever-increasing percentage of the generation mix, keeping the lights at an affordable cost on will become more challenging, requiring tougher choices about how to balance cost, reliability and the environmental impacts of electricity generation. There are analogous reliability challenges associated with decarbonizing other sectors of the economy as well.  The conversations listed here discuss scholarship that addresses those issues.  We have divided them here into two categories: those modeling or otherwise addressing the need for firm, low carbon sources of electricity necessary to backup intermittent renewables, and those discussing the role of green or renewable gases in a low-carbon future.

Conversations

Firm Low-Carbon Electricity

'Public Utility' -- Steering Competitive Energy Markets Toward Public Ends

William Boyd

Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law & Institute of Environment & Sustainability

Maintaining Reliability in a Distributed Energy World

Amy Stein

Professor of Law, University of Florida Levin College of Law

Market Solutions to Reliability Challenges in Electricity Markets

Frank Wolak

Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies, Director, Program on Energy & Sustainable Development Stanford University

The Best Route to Net-Zero Emissions

Jessie Jenkins

Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Fellow, Harvard University Center for the Environment

Naive Energy Markets

David B. Spence

Baker Botts Chair in Law, University of Texas School of Law, Professor of Business, Government & Society, McCombs School of Business

Modeling Decarbonization in the West

Arne Olson

Senior Partner, E3 

June 12, 2019

Capacity Markets, State Green Energy Subsidies, and State-Federal Jurisdictional Conflicts

Ari Peskoe

Director, Harvard Electricity Law Initiative

Reliability and Renewables in Competitive Energy Markets

Joshua Macey

Visiting Assistant Professor, Cornell Law School

June 10, 2019

PG&E Wildfire Liability and Bankruptcy

Michael Wara

Senior Research Scholar, Woods Institute for the Environment & Fellow, Stanford Law School

October 4, 2019

Keeping the Lights on with a High-Renewables Grid

Joshua Rhodes & Colin Meehan

Vibrant Clean Energy (Rhodes) & First Solar (Meehan)

August 7, 2019

Green or Renewable Gases in the Low-Carbon Future

Renewable Natural Gas & A Decarbonized Energy Future

Michael Webber

Josey Centennial Professor of Energy Resources, University of Texas, and Chief Science & Technology Officer, ENGIE

March 27, 2020

Long-term storage needs, ‘green gases,’ & the energy transition

Todd Davidson

Research Associate, University of Texas Energy Institute

Market Solutions to Reliability Challenges in Electricity Markets

Frank Wolak

Holbrook Working Professor of Commodity Price Studies, Director, Program on Energy & Sustainable Development Stanford University

Energy Realism

Monika Ehrman

Professor, University of Oklahoma School of Law

July, 2019

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