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Production Cost Modeling in the SunShot Vision Study

April 1, 2012

Title: Grid Modeling for the SunShot Vision Study
Authors: Greg Brinkman, Paul Denholm, Easan Drury, Erik Ela, Trieu Mai, Robert Margolis, and Matthew Mowers, NREL

This document describes the use of production cost modeling in the SunShot Vision study, including methods used to create the SunShot Vision scenarios, their implementation in the Gridview model, and assumptions regarding transmission system and operation of each generator type. It also describes challenges and limitations of modeling solar generation technologies in production cost models and suggests methods for improving their representation in current models.

—Jim Leyshon