A Decarbonized Northeast Electricity Sector

This scoping study focuses on the economic gains from a North American Northeast power sector integration. An hourly model of the regional power sector is develop and solved to minimize yearly investment and operation costs, under the constraint of reducing GHG by 80%.

Gains from such a regional approach could in theory be significant, notably due to the large amount of hydropower and reservoirs in Canada, which could help balance renewable generation options, such as wind and solar power.

With the support of the Institut de l’énergie Trottier (Polytechnique Montréal), this report was produced by the Chaire de gestion du secteur de l’énergie (HEC Montréal), in collaboration with the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (McGill).