Electric Utility Planning for Greenhouse Concerns

by David J. Engberg, PacifiCorp Electric Operations Group, Portland, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Energy in the 90's


International concerns for the potential of significant climate change resulting from the greenhouse phenomenon have focused increasing attention on the emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases. Electricity generation contributes a significant fraction of global carbon dioxide emissions. The potential for future controls on these emissions adds to the long range planning challenges of electric utilities. Long range resource planning can anticipate the impacts of carbon emission controls using scenario analyses. Two strategies for reducing carbon emissions were examined by a large western utility. The studies illustrate the large magnitude of restructuring that would be required by a utility to comply with an assumed twenty percent carbon reduction target.

Subject Headings: Emissions | Utilities | Electric power | Carbon dioxide | Thermal pollution | Power plants | Climate change

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