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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Reducing Emissions From the Electricity Sector: The Costs and Benefits Nationwide and in the Empire State

Title:
Reducing Emissions From the Electricity Sector: The Costs and Benefits Nationwide and in the Empire State

Abstract:
This report was prepared by Resources for the Future in the course of performing work for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Protection (EMEP) program. Researchers analyzed the emission levels proposed under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Air Instate Rule and Clean Air Mercury Rule, as well as variations of the policies, to determine how they compared in protecting the environment and public health of the nation in general and New York State in particular. Researchers found that reducing pollutant emissions from electricity generation will bring critical economic benefits of more than $1.7 billion per year to New York State by 2010. Benefits to the nation will be in excess of $14 billion by 2020, even after accounting for the costs associated with technologies designed to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and mercury. The study also shows even greater benefits could be achieved through emissions reductions beyond the EPA’s current requirements. (PDF Format; Length: 137 pages)

URL:
http://www.nyserda.org/programs/Environment/EMEP/NYSERDAreport05-02.pdf

Source:
NYSERDA

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
May 2005

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