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2009-10 Seminars


Implications of GHG Offset Policy on Corporate Strategy

Delavane Diaz
Project Manager
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Abstract:
This presentation will describe the impacts of greenhouse gas offset supply assumptions on an electric company's strategy for compliance with a climate policy. The quantity and cost of emission offsets are poorly understood, yet their ultimate supply will fundamentally affect the cost of emission allowances in a cap-and-trade program. The seminar will combine analysis of alternative assumptions about offset availability on regional dispatch and strategic investments in the power sector with a look at impacts to a hypothetical power company. This work explores how different offset supply scenarios might influence utility decision-making in anticipation of future climate legislation and highlights the fact that offset provisions in recent US climate proposals make international policy a domestic compliance issue.

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