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UCLA Physics M155 9-10-09

UCLA Physics M155 9-10-09 - Physics M155 Mobile device...

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Physics M155 November 10, 2009 Mobile device charging station – Zenware Electric Utilities: “Regional Science and Urban Economics” SO 2 Emissions – Coal fired power plants E-Grid database – 5000 power plants o Microdata Age Input Capacity Pollution Coal power plants in the Eastern U.S. are grandfathered in despite being incredibly dirty o Severe emissions causing damage in the east o Dirty, old power plants are causing less damage because population is moving away from region of damage Western states have very few coal power plants and considerably less pollution o Marginal demand for power within these states increases pollution very little Grandfathering: Economists vs. engineers Grandfathering treats old capital less strictly than new capital, ages stock because marginal cost of new capital increases for firms E-Grid data: dirtiest power plant in U.S. is in Jefferson Ohio; measure change in population within 50 mile radius between 1969 and 2000
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