SEMINAR: Redesigning the Regulated Power Plant: Cost-Effective Emissions Control Through Innovation in Policies, Processes, and Materials

Feb 21

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February 21, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Professor Meagan Mauter, Carnegie Mellon University, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Coal fired power plants (CFPPs) are the largest industrial emitters of air toxics, aqueous contaminants, and greenhouse gasses in the US. Though market conditions and regulatory pressure have reduced the fraction of electricity generation by CFPPs to 33% in 2015, some regions are still highly dependent on coal. Most atmospheric CO2 stabilization scenarios assume that the US will cut >80% of electricity sector CO2 emissions by 2050, but transitioning away from high-carbon intensity CFPP generation will be a 20-35 year process.....