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GLRPPR Sector Resource: The Hidden Costs of Electricity: Comparing the Hidden Costs of Power Generation Fuels

Title:
The Hidden Costs of Electricity: Comparing the Hidden Costs of Power Generation Fuels

Abstract:
This report challenges the underlying notion of the Clean Energy Standard: that "clean" can be measured by a single emission rate, ignoring land and water impacts and ignoring a technology's full life cycle. This report analyses six fuels used to generate electricity --- biomass, coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar (photovoltaic and concentrating solar power), and wind (both onshore and offshore). Water impacts, climate change impacts, air pollution impacts, planning and cost risk, subsidies and tax incentives, land impacts, and other impacts are all considered.

URL:
http://www.civilsocietyinstitute.org/media/pdfs/091912%20Hidden%20Costs%20of%20Electricity%20report%20FINAL2.pdf

Source:
Civil Society Institute; Synapse Energy Economics; Environmental Working Group

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
2012

Associated Sectors:

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