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A bottom-up method to develop pollution abatement cost curves for coal-fired utility boilers

Citation:

VIJAY, S., J. F. DECAROLIS, AND R. K. SRIVASTAVA. A bottom-up method to develop pollution abatement cost curves for coal-fired utility boilers. Energy Policy. Elsevier BV, AMSTERDAM, Netherlands, 38(5):2255-2261, (2010).

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Journal article

Description:

This paper illustrates a new method to create supply curves for pollution abatement using boiler-level data that explicitly accounts for technology costs and performance. The Coal Utility Environmental Cost (CUECost) model is used to estimate retrofit costs for five different NOx control configurations on a large subset of the existing coal-fired, utility-owned boilers in the U.S. The resultant data are used to create technology-specific marginal abatement cost curves (MACCs) and also serve as input into an integer linear program, which minimizes system-wide control costs by finding the optimal distribution of NOx controls across the modeled boilers under an emission constraint. The result is a single optimized MACC that accounts for detailed, boiler specific information related to NOx retrofits. Because the resultant MACCs do not take into account regional differences in air-quality standards or pre-existing NOx controls, the results should not be interpreted as a policy prescription. The general method as well as NOx-specific results presented here should be of significant value to modelers and policy analysis who must estimate the costs of pollution reduction.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Product Published Date: 05/01/2010
Record Last Revised: 06/10/2010
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 156275

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

AIR POLLUTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL DIVISION

AIR POLLUTION TECHNOLOGY BRANCH