Electricity Markets & Policy's (EMP) work in the area of renewable power generation synthesizes foundational data, conducts original research, and provides technical support to public agencies and others.
EMP’s work in this area has broad topical coverage, including:
- the costs, benefits, and markets for renewable electricity
- electric grid operations, infrastructure, and valuation
- community impacts and public acceptance
- planning, design, and evaluation of renewable energy programs
EMP’s work seeks to inform decision-making among regulators, policymakers, grid operators, utilities, the renewable energy industry, and communities impacted by renewable energy development.
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The EMP Group’s renewable energy research falls within four broad and overlapping areas:
Renewable power generation is growing rapidly, but each technology exhibits unique cost and performance profiles, and provides different benefits. The EMP Group synthesizes foundational data and conducts innovative analysis on the costs, benefits, performance, and markets for renewable energy technologies. As a component of this work-stream, EMP produces the annual flagship Wind Technologies Market Report, Utility-Scale Solar report, and Tracking the Sun report series, and collaborates to produce the U.S. Wind Turbine Database.
Renewable energy technologies present distinct challenges to power system operations and planning, complicating assessments of grid-system value. The EMP Group works to increase understanding of strategies to reliably integrate renewable energy into the power system, while also advancing methods for grid-system valuation.
Renewable energy development impacts individuals and local communities in myriad ways. The EMP Group produces empirical research on individual and community responses to wind and solar deployment. This includes, among other related research, investigations of the relationships between wind and solar developments and real estate, and a national survey of community attitudes towards wind projects.
The development and deployment of renewable power technologies are affected by regulations, programs, and policies at the local, state and federal levels. The EMP Group works to inform program and policy design through objective research and technical assistance. Among other areas, this includes a long-standing assessment and tracking of state Renewables Portfolio Standards.