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Using a bottom-up energy systems model to analyze role of electrification in the end-use sectors in the urban areas

Citation:

Kaplan, O. AND M. Isik. Using a bottom-up energy systems model to analyze role of electrification in the end-use sectors in the urban areas. 2019 USAEE/IAEE North American Conference, Denver, CO, November 04 - 06, 2019.

Impact/Purpose:

Across the globe, urban planners and city agencies are developing strategies to shape their environmental futures. Strategies to protect cities include targeted emission reductions of pollutants that contribute indirectly to extreme weather events and sea level rise. While urban entities contribute to the collective global action around this challenge, well designed plans can radically transform cities, changing the way we use energy, move people and goods, design public spaces and engage the populace to create healthier, safer, more equitable and sustainable urban environments. Cities emphasize mechanisms that not only reduce energy consumption and air emissions, but also can promote sustainable and resilient practices across multiple environmental media. This paper will lay the groundwork on how New York City (NYC) is approaching these problems, and how using this as a baseline, our goal is to advance analytical tools and create guidance for other cities to future pathways achieving Growth, Equity, Sustainability, and Resiliency goals.

Description:

Across the globe, urban planners and city agencies are developing strategies to shape their environmental futures. Strategies to protect cities include targeted emission reductions of pollutants that contribute indirectly to extreme weather events and sea level rise. While urban entities contribute to the collective global action around this challenge, well designed plans can radically transform cities, changing the way we use energy, move people and goods, design public spaces and engage the populace to create healthier, safer, more equitable and sustainable urban environments. Cities emphasize mechanisms that not only reduce energy consumption and air emissions, but also can promote sustainable and resilient practices across multiple environmental media. This paper will lay the groundwork on how New York City (NYC) is approaching these problems, and how using this as a baseline, our goal is to advance analytical tools and create guidance for other cities to future pathways achieving Growth, Equity, Sustainability, and Resiliency goals. According to the United Nations, by 2050, almost 70% of the world population is expected to live in urban areas. This will present a tremendous challenge for cities in meeting their increased energy demand, and maintaining safety and integrity of natural resources such as water, land, and air. New York City (NYC) has one of the oldest infrastructures in the U.S. will require replacement, expansion and upgrades over the coming decades to serve a steadily growing population. In addition, building and transportation energy footprint of the city is significantly impacting air quality and presenting a public health issue. We present a scenario framework to capture two distint uncertainties for NYC to achieve their 80% carbon reduction by 2050 goals. Each pathway will yield a combination EGU and end-use energy sector decarbonization possibilities and analyze cost and environmental implications.

Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (PRESENTATION/SLIDE)
Product Published Date: 11/06/2019
Record Last Revised: 01/03/2020
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 347887