Electric Power Generation and Air Quality
Research in our group has explored how electric power generation impacts air pollution, and the costs of reducing those impacts. Zhou et al. (2012) characterized chemical processes and pollutant formation in power plant plumes observed by aircraft in Texas. A paper by Cohan and Douglass (2011) quantified emissions reductions and costs for potential controls of existing coal-fired power plants. Other research is exploring the choices faced by utility companies seeking to build new generation capacity in light of uncertainties regarding future market conditions and policies.