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Download Indirect Impacts of Renewable Electricity Penetration and the Growing Importance of a Life Cycle Perspective
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Date: 10/7/2014
Type: Report
Status: Active
NETL Contact: Timothy J. Skone, P.E.
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Author(s): Timothy J Skone (NETL)

Product Description
In this presentation, given at the LCA XIV Conference, it is observed that the percent of direct emissions to total emissions from the U.S. electricity mix decreases by 1.34%, and indirect emissions associated with wind, solar thermal, geothermal, and natural gas increase from 2010 to 2040. As such, the field of LCA becomes more important in the next 30 years in determining both the direct and indirect GHG emissions associated with comparative energy technologies, as well as other potential environmental impacts, where differences in indirect and direct emissions would be captured in framing economy wide policies.