This short report shares the results of advanced electricity system modeling for the city of Minneapolis, revealing an opportunity to substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions at a comparable cost of power and to dramatically boost renewable energy production at a modestly higher price.
An advanced technical and economic model of the electric grid in Minneapolis shows that the electric consumers in the city could receive cleaner energy that would substantially reduce greenhouse gas emissions (and increase renewable energy) at a comparable cost to existing electricity service.
The conservative model, not accounting for opportunities to buy and sell power with the larger electrical grid, suggests that the City of Minneapolis and its electric utility have substantial opportunities to meet and exceed the Minneapolis Climate Action Plan with changes in the electricity supply used to meet the needs of consumers citywide.
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