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Pollution and the Price of Power

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  • Donald N Dewees

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Recent benefit-cost studies have shown that the marginal benefits from controlling conventional air emissions from coal-fired electric utility power plants in the US exceed marginal costs of pollution control. Moreover existing and proposed regulations ignore harm caused by the emission of greenhouse gases and harm caused in Canada. This means that electricity prices are too low wherever coal is the predominant fuel. However the same studies suggest that the mis-pricing of electricity is 4% or less. This paper will argue that in some regions of the US the wholesale price of electricity should be increased by up to 50%, if all externalities are to be included in the price. Getting the environmental price right could reduce pollution levels, increase energy conservation, and lead to wiser choices of new generation technology.

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Paper provided by University of Toronto, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number tecipa-246.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: 19 Jul 2006
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Handle: RePEc:tor:tecipa:tecipa-246

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Keywords: electricity; electricity price; air pollution; emissions trading; CAIR;

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Cited by:
  1. Li, Zhe, 2008. "Productivity Dispersion across Plants, Emission Abatement, and Environmental Policy," MPRA Paper 9564, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Donald N. Dewees & Trevor Tombe, 2010. "The Impact of Sub-Metering on Condominium Electricity Demand," Working Papers tecipa-407, University of Toronto, Department of Economics.
  3. Dormady, Noah C., 2013. "Market power in cap-and-trade auctions: A Monte Carlo approach," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 788-797.
  4. Niu, Shilei & Insley, Margaret, 2013. "On the economics of ramping rate restrictions at hydro power plants: Balancing profitability and environmental costs," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 39(C), pages 39-52.

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