Author(s): John E. Saymansky, Tim T. Phipps

Reference: 2004 IEEE, PES General Meeting, June 2004, Denver, CO

Abstract: The potential of using efficiency as a screening criterion for developing future power generation technologies is examined in the context of pending CO2 limitations. Efficiency measured by CO2 per unit of net power available for sale and overall thermal efficiency combined with direct environmental benefits are used to illustrate this concept. The results of this study indicate that improvements in efficiency provide greater environmental benefits than alternative emission reduction measures. However, significant improvements in efficiency may be required if power generation facilities are to meet the Bush Administration’s 18 percent proposed reduction in CO2 intensity by the year 2012.

Keywords:Thermal Power Generation Efficiency, Fuel Switching, Emissions Reductions