Carbon Emissions Caps and the Impact of a Radical Change in Nuclear Electricity Costs

Authors

  • Benjamin D. Leibowicz Management Science and Engineering Department, Stanford University
  • Maria Roumpani Management Science and Engineering Department, Stanford University
  • Peter H. Larsen Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Management Science and Engineering Department, Stanford University

Abstract

In this study we analyze the impact of a radical change in nuclear electricity costs on the optimal electricity generation technology mix (EGTM) and constrain the value of information (VOI) on future nuclear costs. We consider three nuclear cost events and four carbon emissions caps. We develop a two-stage framework for energy-economic model MARKAL to eliminate foresight of future nuclear cost movements. We examine how the EGTM responds to these movements under alternative caps and analyze how these movements affect the cost of each cap. We define the expected savings from perfect foresight (ESPF), an upper bound on the VOI. We found that with current technologies, carbon mitigation that does not rely heavily on nuclear electricity is economically insensible. The Strong Cap is extremely costly because it restricts flexibility to respond to cost signals in choosing among technologies. The ESPF is highest under the Medium Cap by a substantial margin.

Keywords: MARKAL; nuclear electricity; value of information; foresight

JEL Classifications: C60; H23; O13; O33; Q40; Q50

Downloads

Download data is not yet available.

Author Biographies

Benjamin D. Leibowicz, Management Science and Engineering Department, Stanford University

Ph.D. Student, Management Science and Engineering Department, Stanford University

Maria Roumpani, Management Science and Engineering Department, Stanford University

Ph.D. Student, Management Science and Engineering Department, Stanford University

Peter H. Larsen, Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Management Science and Engineering Department, Stanford University

Senior Scientific Engineering Associate, Energy Analysis and Environmental Impacts Department, Lawrence Berkeley National LaboratoryPh.D. Student, Management Science and Engineering Department, Stanford University

Downloads

Published

2012-12-12

How to Cite

Leibowicz, B. D., Roumpani, M., & Larsen, P. H. (2012). Carbon Emissions Caps and the Impact of a Radical Change in Nuclear Electricity Costs. International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, 3(1), 60–74. Retrieved from https://www.econjournals.com/index.php/ijeep/article/view/365

Issue

Section

Articles