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Modeling Optimal Transition Pathways to a Low Carbon Economy in California: Appendices and Supplemental Material for California TIMES (CA-TIMES) Model


An optimization model of the California Energy System (CA-TIMES) is used to understand how California can meet the 2050 targets for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This model represents energy supply and energy demand in California and simulates the technology and resource requirements needed to meet projected energy service demands. These model choices vary based upon policy constraints such as a carbon cap, fuel economy standards, renewable electricity requirements, as well as technology and resource costs and availability. This report contains appendices covering the cost of electricity generation technologies, assumptions on costs and constraints, and policy descriptions for various scenarios.

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