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Optimal Timing of Carbon Capture Policies under Learning-by-doing

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  • Jean-Pierre Amigues

    () (Toulouse School of Economics (INRA and LERNA))

  • Gilles Lafforgue

    () (Université de Toulouse, Toulouse Business School)

  • Michel Moreaux

    () (Toulouse School of Economics (IDEI and LERNA))

Abstract

Using a standard Hotelling model of resource exploitation, we determine the optimal energy consumption paths from three options: dirty coal, which is non-renewable and carbon-emitting; clean coal, which is also non-renewable but carbon-free thanks to carbon capture and storage (CCS); and solar energy, which is renewable and carbon-free. We assume that the atmospheric carbon stock cannot exceed an exogenously given ceiling. Taking into account learning-by-doing in CCS technology, we show the following results: i) Clean coal exploitation cannot begin before the outset of the carbon constrained phase and must stop strictly before the end of this phase; ii) The energy price path can evolve non-monotonically over time; and iii) When the solar cost is low enough, an unusual energy consumption sequence along which solar energy is interrupted for some time and replaced by clean coal may exist.

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  • Jean-Pierre Amigues & Gilles Lafforgue & Michel Moreaux, 2015. "Optimal Timing of Carbon Capture Policies under Learning-by-doing," Working Papers 2015.20, FAERE - French Association of Environmental and Resource Economists.
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    1. Durmaz, Tunç, 2018. "The economics of CCS: Why have CCS technologies not had an international breakthrough?," Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Elsevier, vol. 95(C), pages 328-340.
    2. Guo, Jian-Xin & Huang, Chen, 2020. "Feasible roadmap for CCS retrofit of coal-based power plants to reduce Chinese carbon emissions by 2050," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 259(C).
    3. Amigues, Jean-Pierre & Moreaux, Michel, 2019. "Energy Conversion Rate Improvements, Pollution Abatement Efforts and Energy Mix: The Transition toward the Green Economy under a Pollution Stock Constraint," TSE Working Papers 19-994, Toulouse School of Economics (TSE).
    4. Schroyen, Fred & Durmaz, Tunc, 2013. "Evaluating Carbon Capture and Storage in a Climate Model with Endogenous Technical Change," Discussion Paper Series in Economics 22/2019, Norwegian School of Economics, Department of Economics, revised 16 Oct 2019.

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    Keywords

    Clean Energy; Food Demand; Land Quality; Renewable Fuel Standards; Transportation;

    JEL classification:

    • Q24 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Land
    • Q32 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Nonrenewable Resources and Conservation - - - Exhaustible Resources and Economic Development
    • Q42 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Energy - - - Alternative Energy Sources

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