An examination of the environmental benefits of an expanded RPS in Michigan find that, with higher coal retirements, significantly more natural gas is displaced by the expanded RPS, thereby reducing the emissions mitigation potential. This illustrates how the environmental benefits of renewable energy are dependent on the system into which it is integrated.
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The Electricity Journal
Johnson, Jeremiah X. and Joshua Novacheck. (2015) “Environmental Benefits of Renewable Portfolio Standards in an Age of Coal Plant Retirements.” The Electricity Journal, 28 (8): 59–68, 2015. [Editorial review]