Grid Operations, Decarbonization, Environmental and Energy Equity Platform (GODEEEP)

Developing innovative decision support tools, data, and models to explore the implications of decarbonization for energy system expansion and operation, and human well-being

Energy grid equity

GODEEEP is an internal PNNL Agile investment that addresses U.S. priorities related to clean energy and environmental and energy equity.

(Composite image: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)

GODEEEP addresses the resilience implications of decarbonization for United States electricity system operations and impacts on environmental and energy equity.

​GODEEEP is developing capabilities to answer the following questions:

  • How will electricity infrastructure evolve under decarbonization and where will stranded assets be located?
  • How much and what types of energy storage will be needed to facilitate clean grid operations, and where will storage need to be located?
  • What is the value of improving sub-seasonal renewable resource forecasting to improve resilience?
  • How will decarbonization affect human well-being and equity due to changes in electricity rates/household energy security, power plant emissions, jobs and income, and access to electronic vehicles?

Specific capabilities under development include:

  • Global change scenarios of alternate energy system transitions to achieve a clean grid in the United States by 2035 and a decarbonized economy by 2050
  • Integration of global- and national-scale decarbonization scenarios with an industry-grade electricity grid operations model to explore infrastructure evolution, stranded assets, and resilience at decision-making scales
  • A storage sizing and location optimization model that accounts for uncertainty in sub-seasonal forecasting of demand and renewable resources
  • Socioeconomic projections of demographic characteristics to explore future environmental and energy equity/justice impacts from census block to state scales
  • High-resolution modeling and visualization of decarbonization impacts on underserved communities.

Compared to other research to date, GODEEEP provides a more comprehensive and realistic understanding of the complex human–Earth interactions that must be accounted for to achieve safe, reliable, low-cost, and equitable decarbonization.​

Initiative Leadership

Dave Judi
Initiative Co-PI

Jennie Rice
Initiative Co-PI

Objective Management

Nathalie Voisin
Objective Co-Lead: Implications for Grid Operations and Storage Investment 

Jason Fuller 
Objective Co-Lead: Implications for Grid Operations and Storage Investment 

Stephanie Waldhoff 
Objective Lead: Implications for Human Well-Being and Equity