Uncertainty in energy planning: Estimating the health impacts of air pollution from fossil fuel electricity generation

Allison Bridges, Frank Felder, Kathryn McKelvey, Ishanie Niyogi

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Abstract

Costs of external effects such as health impacts of energy production are not reflected in market prices and as a result are often not taken into account during strategic energy planning. Computationally efficient, reduced-form models that estimate the health impact of air pollution from fossil fuel fired electricity generation can reduce the time and resources needed to analyze policy alternatives. Such models are currently being used for preliminary screening, retrospective studies, as well as in comprehensive multi-pollutant economy-wide approaches. One challenge faced by energy planners concerned with lowering emissions, particularly those using integrated multi-model frameworks for analysis, lies in the trade-off between the uncertainty associated with reduced-form air quality models and the need for sophisticated photochemical modeling that can be prohibitively time and resource intensive.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-77
Number of pages4
JournalEnergy Research and Social Science
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Electricity
  • Energy planning
  • Fossil fuel
  • Health impacts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fuel Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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Uncertainty in energy planning : Estimating the health impacts of air pollution from fossil fuel electricity generation. / Bridges, Allison; Felder, Frank; McKelvey, Kathryn; Niyogi, Ishanie.

In: Energy Research and Social Science, Vol. 6, 2015, p. 74-77.

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