“Spatial distribution and health impacts of pollution from electricity generation” – Juan Moreno Cruz – 11/28/16
Date: 28 November 2016
Location: Baker Hall 129 Conference Room
Speaker: Juan Moreno Cruz
Topic: Spatial distribution and health impacts of pollution from electricity generation
We examine how changes in the electricity system redistributes environmental and health impacts across space. We exploit electricity system congestion episodes to explore the changes on ambient concentrations of criteria pollutants in most of the eastern United States. Electricity system congestion increases ozone and PM2.5 concentrations in New England and New York and other densely populated areas while decreasing in the less densely populated areas west of the Appalachian Mountains. We quantify the impacts of these changes in environmental pollution on health outcomes. We find overall health gains in New England, New York, and Atlantic states and health loses in Illinois, Ohio, and Western Pennsylvania, with the health gains out-weighting the losses.