Consumption effects of electricity decarbonization: Evidence from California and the Pacific Northwest

Chi Keung WOO, Yun LIU, Xinpei LUO, Alice SHIU, Jay W. ZARNIKAU

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Abstract

This paper estimates the price-induced impacts of decarbonization policy on CO₂ emissions in California and the Pacific Northwest. We document that retail demands for electricity and natural gas by customer class are highly price-inelastic. Based on the heat rates of natural-gas-fired generation, we find that a 10% electricity rate increase due to electricity decarbonization may not have the consumption effects of further reducing the region's CO₂ emissions. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-49
JournalThe Electricity Journal
Volume30
Issue number10
Early online dateNov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017

Citation

Woo, C. K., Liu, Y., Luo, X., Shiu, A., & Zarnikau, J. (2017). Consumption effects of electricity decarbonization: Evidence from California and the Pacific Northwest. The Electricity Journal, 30(10), 44-49. doi: 10.1016/j.tej.2017.11.007

Keywords

  • Consumption effects
  • Electricity decarbonization
  • California
  • Pacific Northwest

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