Powering down emissions

If the US is to meet its stated goal of decarbonizing the power sector, two things would have to happen. The mix of fuels used in power plants would need to shift away from coal and gas and toward renewables. And the sector would have to produce much more power, as other industries such as transportation go electric.

Total electricity generation would increase about 40 percent by 2035 to meet demand as coal and gas volumes decline.

To read the article, see “Net zero by 2035: A pathway to rapidly decarbonize the US power system,” October 14, 2021.