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Title: Impacts of Future Electricity Generation on Greenhouse Gases and Air Quality in the Rocky Mountain Region

Abstract

This study shows that emissions from the future scenarios for the Rocky Mountain region vary in space and time, with important implications for local air quality. In scenarios with expensive natural gas or GHG fees to promote renewable energy, wind energy plays a key role in emissions reductions in the fall and spring seasons when the wind resources are abundant and competitive to fossil fuels. The greenhouse gas fees scenario reduces annual emissions of CO2, SO2, and NOx by around 40% on an annual basis. However, emissions in the summer do not change as much between scenarios mainly because of high electricity demand and reduced wind energy resources. The impacts of emissions due to the electricity generation scenarios for summertime ozone can be significant in areas near coal power plants depending on the day, but overall changes are smaller in the summer compared to other seasons.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [2];  [2]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. University of Colorado
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1470965
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-6A20-72368
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the Air and Waste Management Association Annual Meeting, 10-11 October 2017, Arlington, Virginia
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; air quality; electricity dispatch; emissions fees; greenhouse gases; natural gas; renewable energy

Citation Formats

Brinkman, Gregory L, O'Connell, Matthew A, Nsanzineza, Rene, and Milford, Jana B. Impacts of Future Electricity Generation on Greenhouse Gases and Air Quality in the Rocky Mountain Region. United States: N. p., 2018. Web.
Brinkman, Gregory L, O'Connell, Matthew A, Nsanzineza, Rene, & Milford, Jana B. Impacts of Future Electricity Generation on Greenhouse Gases and Air Quality in the Rocky Mountain Region. United States.
Brinkman, Gregory L, O'Connell, Matthew A, Nsanzineza, Rene, and Milford, Jana B. Sun . "Impacts of Future Electricity Generation on Greenhouse Gases and Air Quality in the Rocky Mountain Region". United States.
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author = {Brinkman, Gregory L and O'Connell, Matthew A and Nsanzineza, Rene and Milford, Jana B.},
abstractNote = {This study shows that emissions from the future scenarios for the Rocky Mountain region vary in space and time, with important implications for local air quality. In scenarios with expensive natural gas or GHG fees to promote renewable energy, wind energy plays a key role in emissions reductions in the fall and spring seasons when the wind resources are abundant and competitive to fossil fuels. The greenhouse gas fees scenario reduces annual emissions of CO2, SO2, and NOx by around 40% on an annual basis. However, emissions in the summer do not change as much between scenarios mainly because of high electricity demand and reduced wind energy resources. The impacts of emissions due to the electricity generation scenarios for summertime ozone can be significant in areas near coal power plants depending on the day, but overall changes are smaller in the summer compared to other seasons.},
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