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Involved with high-tech for last 30 years. Interested in energy.

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  • Aug 25, 2020

I like this goal.

By 2030 - most coal generation will be gone in the US. Because of the drop in coal, CO2 generation from elecricity generation will have dropped from 2,270 MMT in 2010 and 1,619 MMT in 2019 to below 1,000 MMT by 2030.

100 GW of storage would be a good starting point for the 2030s. That level of storage would mean much cheaper prices than today and would allow storage to really explode in the next decade..

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Matt Chester on Aug 26, 2020

What do you think the 100 GW level would 'unlock' in the power sector? Is that around a tipping point that would change how we're able to look at intermittent sources? Or is it more that 100 GW is deemed attainable and also a sexy number to work towards?

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Joe Deely on Aug 26, 2020

- it's a good "stretch" goal

- previous goal was 35GW by 2025 - which itself is a stretch

- yes, 100 GW is a big, round number - always good to have in goal

- 100 GW would mean we are far along the learning curve for using stoage in Electric Power Industry. Would mean that we have some storage in most states. Would also mean most/if not all utilities are looking at storage in their IRPs. 

- Finally, we are going to need as much storage as possible to offset lost capacity from coal that will be shutting down between now and 2020.

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