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Masters Field Project
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Master of Arts (MA)
Swisher, Joel N.
This project provides a marginal abatement cost curve analysis for the City of Bellingham, based upon the recommendations provided by the City’s Climate Action Plan Task Force. A bottom-up methodology for performing the marginal abatement cost analysis is provided, including the relevant data and assumptions used in the analysis. The results show the massive potential emissions impacts of electrification and driving down the electric grid emissions intensity. The shortcomings and improvements of the resultant cost curves are discussed, and advice on future iterations is given. This project offers a pathway for Bellingham and other mid-sized municipalities to develop marginal abatement costs analyses as they pursue climate action and decarbonization in their communities.
climate, energy, policy, emissions reduction, electrification, decarbonization, economics, environment
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Energy policy--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Planning; Climate change mitigation--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Planning; Greenhouse gas mitigation--Estimates--Washington (State)--Bellingham--Planning; Electrification--Estimates--Washington (State)--Bellingham
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Shive, Patrick, "Electrification and Decarbonization for Mid-sized Municipalities: A Case-study Marginal Abatement Cost Analysis" (2020). WWU Graduate School Collection. 973.