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ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND TECHNOLOGY ANALYSIS
Environmental Regulatory Support

ERI advises clients on regulatory developments and compliance trends and assists in the preparation of strategic responses, including the drafting of formal comments in regulatory proceedings.

  • Environmental Policy Tracking. ERI advises clients on initiatives underway in the U.S. to limit emissions from the power sector. ERI identifies the implications of carbon, mercury, particulate and other potential limits for specific power-sector fuels, technologies and plants. ERI also drafts comments for state and federal proceedings.
Global Climate Change

ERI advises clients on policy and analytical aspects of climate change, including control technologies, emissions trading, offsets and joint implementation. Examples of ERI’s recent efforts are provided below.

  • Carbon Management Strategies. ERI summarized the voluntary carbon-management actions taken by U.S. power companies and the rationale for such actions prior to a regulatory requirement. ERI advised clients on the value of four carbon management strategies and their use in practice: bilateral trades, intra-firm trading, joint implementation projects and section 1605(b) filings.
  • Handbook of Climate Change Mitigation Actions for Developing Country Utilities and Regulatory Agencies. ERI developed this handbook as a summary of “best practices” to assist developing countries in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The handbook discusses each mitigation action, sources of further information, conditions to determine applicability, cost-effectiveness, and the emission reductions that can result from each action.
Alternative Techniques

ERI assesses alternative technology scenarios’ impacts on emissions.

  • Alternative Paths for Advanced Fossil Energy Technologies. ERI quantitatively assessed the effect of alternative economic and technology paths on U.S. power-sector carbon emissions through the year 2050. Variables analyzed include (1) electricity supply growth, (2) coal, nuclear and natural gas capacity growth, (3) coal capacity retirements and (4) clean coal technology deployment.
  • Environmental Benefits of Alternative Energy Technologies. ERI assessed the methodologies used to compare clean energy technologies’ environmental impacts. ERI also analyzed the impact of these methodologies on U.S. energy/environmental policies.
  • Role of Nuclear Power in Carbon Reductions. ERI assessed the importance of global and regional avoided emissions from nuclear power generation for compliance with carbon emission-reduction targets. ERI created briefing books that identified the quantity and value of carbon emissions avoided by new nuclear power capacity in a variety of operational, market and regulatory scenarios.

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