Policies for California’s Energy Future – How to Choose a Climate Friendly Electricity System for the Future

Release Date: October 24, 2014 | Last Updated Date: February 16, 2015

This is the third publication produced as part of CCST’s California’s Energy Future – Policy (CEF-P) project, a study designed to help inform the policy related decisions California state and local governments must make in order to achieve California’s ambitious goals of significantly reducing total greenhouse gas emissions over the next four decades.

California must nearly eliminate emissions from electricity to meet ambitious climate goals for 2050. The state could generate emission-free electricity three ways: renewable energy, fossil fuel with carbon capture and storage, or nuclear power. Each of the three sources of electricity poses challenges. We conclude that all of the options are uncertain and consequently, having more options available and the implications of these options better understood, could be critical factors in achieving good outcomes for the state.

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