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Historical costs of coal-fired electricity and implications for the future

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2011

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McNerney, J., Doyne Farmer, J., and Trancik, J.E., 2011, Historical costs of coal-fired electricity and implications for the future: Energy Policy, v. 39, iss. 6, 13 p.

Summary

This paper evaluates whether the U.S. electricity sector is directed away from carbon-intensive technological lock-in, and which factors are contributing, or have potential to contribute, to a possible reorientation of the industry. With the application of a historical analysis of the electricity sector from the late nineteenth century through current day, this analysis finds that, although the industry still relies primarily on carbon-intensive fossil fuel operations, several recent trends indicate that the industry is becoming less carbon intensive, smaller in generation system scale, and more sustainable in operations. Crucial drivers—firm level interactions with technological change, industry leadership and market structure, government [...]

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DOI WECC []
ISSN WECC 03014215

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