Food Fight in Michigan - renewables
My home state is in the middle of a food fight between the consultancy hired to look at statewide net-zero by 2050 and the green advocates.
The consultancy indicated that carbon capture should make up between 19 and 37% of the net-zero target by 2050, with the rest being renewables.
Nuclear, large scale storage, and other options were not evident in the consultant’s report. The consultant pointed to integration costs of renewables but missed some of the benefits. Advocates unhappy with the report.
Having read the public report, I can see how no one would be happy, and several ways to fix the report.
Reducing the unhappiness most and improving the energy assurance for all of Michigan.
Probably a weeks’ worth of work with the underlying models and the report would be far better.
Two areas they might scream about though – more Ludington style pumped hydro facilities and more nuclear. Both close major gaps for less carbon and more renewables while keeping costs reasonable.
More of these reports will be created for other states, hopefully the consultancy selected will bring the full set of tools to the table.
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