Addressing Environmental Externalities from Electricity Generation in South Carolina

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This paper gives estimates of the externalities associated with the increased likelihood of health and environmental impacts that result from exposure to pollutants emitted by electric power plants in South Carolina. A new method for estimating externalities is developed, results are presented, and policy-related implications are discussed. The results suggest that the environmental externalities are noteworthy and would affect electricity consumption if they are internalized and passed on to consumers in the rates they are charged. Yet, if the externalities are internalized, they are not so great that they would dramatically alter the fuel mix in the state in the ... continued below

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Lee, RM February 23, 2001.

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This paper gives estimates of the externalities associated with the increased likelihood of health and environmental impacts that result from exposure to pollutants emitted by electric power plants in South Carolina. A new method for estimating externalities is developed, results are presented, and policy-related implications are discussed. The results suggest that the environmental externalities are noteworthy and would affect electricity consumption if they are internalized and passed on to consumers in the rates they are charged. Yet, if the externalities are internalized, they are not so great that they would dramatically alter the fuel mix in the state in the immediate future. Two policy options are discussed: incentives or disincentives for new merchant power plants and emissions permit trading.

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  • 24th IAEE International Conference, 2001: An Energy Odyssey?, Conference location not supplied, Conference dates not supplied

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Lee, RM. Addressing Environmental Externalities from Electricity Generation in South Carolina, article, February 23, 2001; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc725087/: accessed September 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.