Quadrennial Energy Review Baseline Reports

The Quadrennial Energy Review (QER 1.2) was released by DOE on January 6, 2016. Titled "Transforming the Nation's Electricity System," the report describes five major trends shaping the electricity system:

  • The growing interdependencies between critical infrastructures and electricity;

  • The creation of economic value through electrification of systems;

  • New challenges to management of the electricity system;

  • The increasing decarbonization of electricity; and

  • National security vulnerabilities related to electricity dependency.

Georgia Tech worked with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to produce two of the environmental baseline reports commissioned by the study:

o      Brown, Marilyn A., Daniel D’Arcy, Melissa Lapsa, Isha Sharma, Yufei Li. 2017. Solid Waste from the Operation and Decommissioning of Power Plants, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ORNL/SPR-2016/774.

o      Emanuele Massetti, Marilyn Brown, Melissa Lapsa, Isha Sharma, James Bradbury, Colin Cunliff, Yufei Li. 2017. Environmental Quality and the U.S. Power Sector: Air Quality, Water Quality, Land Use and Environmental JusticeOak Ridge National Laboratory, ORNL/SPR-2016/772.

In addition, the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of The Electricity Journal has a paper that was derived from our baseline research:

o   Brown, Marilyn A., Yufei Li, Emanuele Massetti, and Melissa Lapsa. 2017. “U.S. Sulfur Dioxide Emission Reductions: Shifting Factors and a Carbon Dioxide Penalty,” The Electricity Journal.