Consumption effects of electricity decarbonization: Evidence from California and the Pacific Northwest

C. K. Woo, Yun Liu, Xinpei Luo, Alice Shiu, Jay Zarnikau

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This paper estimates the price-induced impacts of decarbonization policy on CO2emissions in California and the Pacific Northwest. We document that retail demands for electricity and natural gas by customer class are highly price-inelastic. Based on the heat rates of natural-gas-fired generation, we find that a 10% electricity rate increase due to electricity decarbonization may not have the consumption effects of further reducing the region's CO2emissions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)44-49
Number of pages6
JournalElectricity Journal
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


  • California
  • Consumption effects
  • Electricity decarbonization
  • Pacific Northwest

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Law

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