Climate Impacts and Regulation: The Future of Coal Power Plants and the U.S. Power Grid
"Climate Impacts and Regulation: The Future of Coal Power Plants and the U.S. Power Grid"
Dr. Paulina Jaramillo
Assistant Professor, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
November 19, 2015
Alumni Hall, Connolly Ballroom
4227 Fifth Ave
In recent years, concerns about climate change have continued to grow throughout the world. Until very recently, the U.S did not have any comprehensive regulation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Then, this year, the Environmental Protection Agency published the final Clean Power Plan rule, which aims to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from US power plants, which account for roughly 30% of national greenhouse gas emissions.
Coal power plants have historically provided up to 50% of the electricity generated in the U.S. They also have the highest greenhouse gas emission rates. In this talk, Professor Jaramillo will discuss the work of her research group over the last 10 years to understand the climate implications of coal use in the U.S. and how recent regulatory changes may affect the future of the U.S. power system.
This lecture has been made possible by the University of Pittsburgh Honors College in collaboration with:
Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation
Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
The National Aviary
NAS/NAE Science & Engineering Ambassadors Program