Past Seminar

EPRI 2009 Energy and Climate Change Analysis Update

Sep 15, 2009

About the Event

EPRI’s 2009 Energy and Climate Change Analysis Update
(Prism and MERGE)
RFF Event
September 15, 2009
A briefing hosted by Resources for the Future

A briefing on the Electric Power Research Institute’s (EPRI) recently updated Prism and MERGE analyses held at Resources for the Future. In 2007, EPRI published its first Prism and MERGE analyses, which laid out the U.S. electricity sector’s potential for reducing CO2 emissions and an economically optimum technology portfolio.  The 2009 research updates those results based on more aggressive emissions targets, consideration of new technology options, recent advances in technology, and cost projections that account for effects of economic changes. These studies suggest that a full portfolio of electricity sector technologies could address the dual challenge of meeting demand growth and CO2 emissions constraints, while limiting increases in the cost of electricity. 

An overview captures key Prism and MERGE assumptions, targets and findings.

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  • Phil Sharp, Fellow, The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; former President, RFF