Sector Name:Power Delivery & Utilization - Distribution & Utilization
Document Type:Technical Results
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How would air quality and greenhouse gas emissions be affected if significant numbers of Americans drove cars that were fueled by the power grid?
A recently completed assessment conducted by the Electric Power Research Institute and the Natural Resources Defense Council made a detailed study of the question — looking at a variety of scenarios involving the U.S. fleet of power generation and its fleet of light-duty and medium-duty cars and trucks.
The study focused on plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and projected changes in power generation technology from 2010 through 2050.
Phase 1 of the study, completed in July 2007, has two major components. The first is a
scenario-based modeling analysis to determine the greenhouse gas emissions impacts of
PHEVs over a timeframe of 2010 to 2050. The second component is a nationwide air quality
analysis for the year 2030 that assumes an aggressive market penetration of PHEVs.
The methodology and findings of these two analyses are presented separately in two
technical reports:Environmental Assessment of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Volume 1: Nationwide
Greenhouse Gas Emissions (1015325)
Environmental Assessment of Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicles, Volume 2: United States
Air Quality Analysis Based on AEO-2006 Assumptions for 2030 (1015326)
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