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Air quality and climate change regulations continue to be at the center of energy and environmental policy debates. We assist government and regulatory entities, companies, and associations in analyzing and executing strategies to meet both business objectives and environmental regulations. Brattle economists have actively participated in the development and compliance of the Clean Air Act and related federal and state laws and regulations for more than thirty years. We recently studied the impact of coal-fired power plant closures on visibility and the impact of environmental compliance costs on capacity planning and fuel demand in the Midwest.


Below is a list of representative engagements for our Air Quality & Climate Change practice.

Nuclear plant carbon output
A study prepared by Brattle found that the United States’ nuclear power plants avoid 573 million tons of CO2 annually representing $25 billion in social costs assuming the federal government’s cost per ton estimates. The study also estimates that the plants avoid 650,000 tons of NOx and 1 million tons of SOx annually.
Renewable energy investment
Solar and wind energy projects face their own environmental challenges. Concerns regarding harm to endangered species, threats to wildlife, noise pollution, light pollution, and water requirements are often raised during the approval stages of the projects. The Brattle Group has assisted plant investors in assessing and monetizing these risks.
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