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Collaborative Transmission Planning: California’s Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative

California's RETI collaborative set a high standard for aligning electricity generation and transmission with environmental values. This peer-reviewed article, in the July 2102 issue of IEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy, provides an overview of the rationale for both stakeholder involvement in transmission planning and for zone development of renewables.

NREL Releases Highly Anticipated Report

A new report published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the Renewable Electricity Futures Study (RE Futures), is an initial investigation of the extent to which renewable energy supply can meet the electricity demands of the continental United States over the next several decades. This study explores the implications and challenges of very high renewable electricity generation levels—from 30% up to 90%, focusing on 80%, of all U.S. electricity generation from renewable technologies—in 2050

Western Governors’ Association Report – Integration Challenges

"Meeting Renewable Energy Targets in the West At Least Cost: The Integration Challenge." The Western Governors' Association commissioned this report to explore ways to reduce costs to the region's electricity consumers for integrating wind and solar, identify barriers to adopting these measures and recommend possible state actions. Prepared by Regulatory Assistance Project for Western Governors' Association.

Renewing Arizona: Transition from Coal to Clean

The Arizona Capitol Times published Amanda Ormand's opinion piece: Renewing Arizona: Transition from Coal to Clean. Published February 26, 2012 (posted on the Times' site on February 27, 2012). Ormond is a Western Grid Group Director and a board member of the Southwest Renewable Energy Institute.

PAPER: Enabling the Widespread Adoption of Wind Energy in the West

Full Title: ENABLING THE WIDESPREAD ADOPTION OF WIND ENERGY IN THE WEST: THE CASE FOR TRANSMISSION, OPERATIONS AND MARKET REFORMS. Jennifer Gardner & Ron Lehr

Western Grid 2050 Report Released

Western Grid 2050: Contrasting Futures, Contrasting Fortunes was released on August 24, 2011. The full report is available on the Clean Energy Vision Project website. Other materials on the site include report highlights and summary.