11 Jan '16, 8am

Renewable Portfolio Standards Boost Society

Renewable Portfolio Standards Boost Society

Although the study takes a national view — evaluating all state RPS programs as a whole — many of the associated benefits and impacts were highly regional. For example, the economic benefits from air pollution reductions are associated mostly with reduced sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from coal-fired power plants, and are concentrated primarily in the Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, Northeast, and Texas. Reductions in water withdrawal and consumption were largest in California and Texas, respectively-both states that experience intermittent drought conditions. Having examined both the costs and benefits of state RPS programs historically, the researchers are planning a follow-up effort to evaluate the costs and benefits of RPS programs prospectively, considering scheduled increases to each state’s requirements as well as potential policy revisions.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2016/01/11/renewable-portfolio-s...

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