Journal Article


The energy transition in New York: A greenhouse gas, net energy and life-cycle energy analysis

Abstract

New York state is at the forefront in the USA and also high on the list globally in setting ambitious targets for the transition to renewable electricity, with 70% of generation mandated to be renewable by 2030. The consequences of the associated drastic shift from conventional steam generators to a mix of wind, photovoltaic and hydroelectric (supplemented by pumped hydro storage to ensure dispatchability) is analysed here from the joint points of view of life cycle assessment (LCA) and net energy analysis (NEA). Results indicate that not only is the target effective at drastically reducing the grid mix’s carbon emissions and at halving its cumulative demand for imported non-renewable primary energy, but – contrary to often voiced concerns – it is also compatible with sustaining the current level of net energy delivery (after accounting for the energy investments required to deploy and operate all generators).

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Authors

Murphy, David J.
Raugei, Marco

Oxford Brookes departments

School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics

Dates

Year of publication: 2020
Date of RADAR deposit: 2020-01-10



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