The transmission elephant in the room

  • If we deployed enough large solar and wind farms to decrease CO2 emissions by 95% by 2050, Americans would pay $385 billion more for power over the next 30 years.
  • If we scale up local solar+storage in addition to and in coordination with utility-scale renewables, we can achieve the same clean-energy goals while saving $473 billion.

Economies-of-scale thinking ignores transmission costs

Source: Vibrant Clean Energy

A holistic view of transmission and distribution

Source: Vibrant Clean Energy
Source: Vibrant Clean Energy

Economic, environmental, and resilience benefits of local solar+storage

Percentage of time online for Tier 1, 2, and 3 loads for a Solar Microgrid designed for the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) with enough solar to achieve net zero and enough battery energy capacity to hold 2 hours of the nameplate solar (200 kWh energy storage per 100 kW solar).

We need the transmission system, but we don’t need to keep expanding it

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