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Title: Environmental Impacts of Renewable Electricity Generation Technologies: A Life Cycle Perspective

All energy systems impact the environment. Much has been learned about these environmental impacts from decades of research. Through systematic reviews, meta-analysis and original research, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been building knowledge about environmental impacts of both renewable and conventional electricity generation technologies. Evidence for greenhouse gas emissions, water and land use will be reviewed mostly from the perspective of life cycle assessment. Impacts from oil and natural gas systems will be highlighted. Areas of uncertainty and challenge will be discussed as suggestions for future research, as well as career opportunities in this field.
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Conference: Presented at the 96th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, 18th Conference on Atmospheric Chemistry, 10-14 January 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana
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National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
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USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
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United States
29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY, AND ECONOMY; greenhouse gas; land; water; environmental; life cycle assessment; LCA