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How will the increased integration of EERE technologies impact the cost-effectiveness, security, environmental footprint, and reliability of the U.S. energy system? What structural factors hinder the adoption of EERE technologies, and what activities can eliminate these obstacles? See analysis below that addresses these questions.

Recent Analysis

Electrification Futures Study: End-Use Technology Cost and Performance Projections through 2050
This report provides projected cost and performance assumptions for electric technologies considered in the Electrification Futures Study.
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2016 Renewable Energy Data Book
The 2016 Renewable Energy Data Book is an expansive go-to resource with facts and figures on U.S. renewable energy deployment for the year 2016.
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Status and Trends in the U.S. Voluntary Green Power Market
This report documents the status and trends of the market for renewable energy procured voluntarily.
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Additional Analysis

The Climate and Air-Quality Benefits of Wind and Solar Power in the United States
Wind & solar energy provide air-quality, public health, and emission benefits as they reduce the reliance on combustion-based electricity generation.
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A Prospective Analysis of the Costs, Benefits, and Impacts of U.S. Renewable Portfolio Standards
This is the third in a series of reports exploring the costs, benefits, and other impacts of state renewable portfolio standards (RPS).
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Preliminary Assessment of Spatial Competition in the Market for E85
This report examines how the spacing of E85 fueling stations impacts E85 retail pricing.
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Cost and Price Metrics for Automotive Lithium-Ion Batteries
This document explains differences in the definition and context of the terms "cost" and "price" for automotive lithium-ion batteries.
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Analyzing the Impacts of a Biogas-to-Electricity Purchase Incentive on Electric Vehicle Deployment with the MA3T Vehicle Choice Model
This analysis helps explain the impact of the biogas-to-electricity pathway in the Renewable Fuel Standard.
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The Impacts of Changes to Nevada's Net Metering Policy on the Financial Performance and Adoption of Distributed Photovoltaics

Net energy metering (NEM) is a billing mechanism that has historically compensated owners of distributed generation systems at retail rates for any...

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Impact of Flexibility Options on Grid Economic Carrying Capacity of Solar and Wind: Three Case Studies
This study quantifies the benefits of various options of grid flexibility by measuring their impact on economic carrying capacity and system costs.
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The Economic Potential of Two Nuclear-Renewable Hybrid Energy Systems

This report is one of a series of reports that investigate the technical and economic aspects of Nuclear-Renewable Hybrid Energy System. It...

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Demand Response Resource Assessment

This dataset provides estimates for hourly electric loads and demand response potential across regions of the U.S. and for different end-uses...

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Capturing the Impact of Storage and Other Flexible Technologies on Electric System Planning

Power systems of the future are likely to require additional flexibility due to the operating characteristics of many clean energy technologies,...

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Demand Response and Energy Storage Integration Study

This study is a multi-national laboratory effort to assess the potential value of demand response and energy storage to electricity systems with...

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Other Project Areas

Stakeholder Empowerment
What models, tools, and data resources can empower EERE stakeholders to make data-driven energy decisions?
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Program Evaluation
What are the quantitative, measurable impacts of EERE investments?
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