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dc.contributor.authorCallwood, Concha Mariaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-14T21:50:04Z
dc.date.available2014-03-14T21:50:04Z
dc.date.issued1996-03-16en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-11182008-063050en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/45835
dc.description.abstractElectricity generation in the world is growing at a rapid rate. Growing at an equally proportional rate are the amounts of electric power plant-induced greenhouse gas and acid rain causing emissions which are being spewed into the air. Developed countries are to blame for most of the anthropogenic global warming gases which have already accumulated in the atmosphere. Developing countries, however, which are facing periods of large population and industrial growth, are predicted to produce the majority of electricity-generated-emissions in the foreseeable future, between 2000 and 2010. More and more power generation capacity will be necessary in these countries to facilitate the industrialization necessary to improve the standard of living of their citizens. While these countries are now planning for the infrastructure to accompany this growth, little attention is being given to the global environment and to the technologies which have become available to control power pJant emissions. This is due largely to the high capital costs of abatement technologies and unconventional power generation options, and to the lack of policy in these developing countries requiring that new generating capacity be GHGneutral as much as possible. Most developed countries have been able to set some guidelines for achievable levels of local and global emissions through such policies. Achievable limits, however, are bounded by many constraints, including the culture of a region, its political orientation, and its socio-economic status. The author contends that given the proper political climate and flexibility, any country can attain some level of environmental-friendliness in its power generating capacity mix. In support of this claim, the author addresses some of the many variables included in controlling global emissions due to electric power generation through legislative processes. Policies in certain countries which have achieved some level of success with emissions control are studied. The unique nature of attempting to implement similar programs in developing countries is also discussed. Finally, the role electric utilities can play in achieving global environmental goals is examined. Software tools are included to assist utility planners, policymakers, and financial institutions with environmental analysis of power generation projects.en_US
dc.format.mediumBTDen_US
dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.relation.haspartLD5655.V855_1996.C355.pdfen_US
dc.subjectcarbon dioxideen_US
dc.subjectpower plantsen_US
dc.subjectelectricityen_US
dc.subjectenvironmenten_US
dc.subjectpolicyen_US
dc.subjectemissionsen_US
dc.subject.lccLD5655.V855 1996.C355en_US
dc.titleThe role of legislative processes and electric utilities in effecting global environmental goalsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.departmentElectrical Engineeringen_US
dc.description.degreeMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.levelmastersen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineElectrical Engineeringen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairRahman, Saifuren_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDe La Ree Lopez, Jaimeen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLiu, Yiluen_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://scholar.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-11182008-063050/en_US
dc.date.sdate2008-11-18en_US
dc.date.rdate2008-11-18
dc.date.adate2008-11-18en_US


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