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Evaluation of a proposal for reliable low-cost grid power with 100% wind, water, and solar

Overview of attention for article published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, June 2017
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40 news outlets
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22 blogs
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551 tweeters
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3 Google+ users
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Title
Evaluation of a proposal for reliable low-cost grid power with 100% wind, water, and solar
Published in
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, June 2017
DOI 10.1073/pnas.1610381114
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Authors

Christopher T. M Clack, Staffan A. Qvist, Jay Apt, Morgan Bazilian, Adam R. Brandt, Ken Caldeira, Steven J. Davis, Victor Diakov, Mark A. Handschy, Paul D. H. Hines, Paulina Jaramillo, Daniel M. Kammen, Jane C. S. Long, M. Granger Morgan, Adam Reed, Varun Sivaram, James Sweeney, George R. Tynan, David G. Victor, John P. Weyant, Jay F. Whitacre, Clack, Christopher T M, Qvist, Staffan A, Apt, Jay, Bazilian, Morgan, Brandt, Adam R, Caldeira, Ken, Davis, Steven J, Diakov, Victor, Handschy, Mark A, Hines, Paul D H, Jaramillo, Paulina, Kammen, Daniel M, Long, Jane C S, Morgan, M Granger, Reed, Adam, Sivaram, Varun, Sweeney, James, Tynan, George R, Victor, David G, Weyant, John P, Whitacre, Jay F, Christopher T. M. Clack, Clack, Christopher T. M., Qvist, Staffan A., Brandt, Adam R., Davis, Steven J., Handschy, Mark A., Hines, Paul D. H., Kammen, Daniel M., Long, Jane C. S., Morgan, M. Granger, Tynan, George R., Victor, David G., Weyant, John P., Whitacre, Jay F.

Abstract

A number of analyses, meta-analyses, and assessments, including those performed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the International Energy Agency, have concluded that deployment of a diverse portfolio of clean energy technologies makes a transition to a low-carbon-emission energy system both more feasible and less costly than other pathways. In contrast, Jacobson et al. [Jacobson MZ, Delucchi MA, Cameron MA, Frew BA (2015) Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 112(49):15060-15065] argue that it is feasible to provide "low-cost solutions to the grid reliability problem with 100% penetration of WWS [wind, water and solar power] across all energy sectors in the continental United States between 2050 and 2055", with only electricity and hydrogen as energy carriers. In this paper, we evaluate that study and find significant shortcomings in the analysis. In particular, we point out that this work used invalid modeling tools, contained modeling errors, and made implausible and inadequately supported assumptions. Policy makers should treat with caution any visions of a rapid, reliable, and low-cost transition to entire energy systems that relies almost exclusively on wind, solar, and hydroelectric power.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
South Africa 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 141 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 38 27%
Researcher 38 27%
Student > Master 14 10%
Student > Bachelor 10 7%
Student > Doctoral Student 10 7%
Other 33 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Environmental Science 29 20%
Engineering 28 20%
Unspecified 17 12%
Energy 16 11%
Social Sciences 8 6%
Other 45 31%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 879. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 16 November 2017.
All research outputs
#2,685
of 8,653,739 outputs
Outputs from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#107
of 47,618 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#236
of 248,211 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
#12
of 999 outputs
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