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Title: The declining trend in sulfur dioxide emissions: Implications for allowance prices

In this paper, the authors find that sulfur dioxide (SO{sub 2}) emissions by electric utilities declined from 1985 to 1993 for reasons largely unrelated to the emission reduction mandate of Title IV of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments. The principal reason appears to be the decline in rail rates for low-sulfur western coal delivered to higher-sulfur coal-fired plants in the Midwest. Consequently, there is less sulfur to be removed to meet the Title IV cap on aggregate SO{sub 2} emissions, and the cost of compliance and price of allowances can be expected to be less than would otherwise have been the case.
Authors:
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA (United States)
  2. Catholic Univ. of Chile, Santiago (Chile). Dept. of Industrial Engineering|[Massachusetts Inst. of Tech., Cambridge, MA (United States). Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
658991
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Environmental Economics and Management; Journal Volume: 36; Journal Issue: 1; Other Information: PBD: Jul 1998
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
20 FOSSIL-FUELED POWER PLANTS; EMISSION; AIR POLLUTION ABATEMENT; SULFUR DIOXIDE; FOSSIL-FUEL POWER PLANTS; COMPLIANCE; CLEAN AIR ACTS; COST; COAL