System Options

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Screen 1 offers a choice of four utility scale scenarios.  It also allows the user to state capital cost assumptions, supplement the intermittency of solar with natural gas or coal plant additions, and specify power grid characteristics.

The default setting is a business as usual scenario, which uses the current generation mix, and considers the implications of a 2 percent demand growth under the current state regulations. Other solar production scenarios have also been pre-programmed into the tool, including the three optimum locations selected by the Bureau of Land Management.