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Understanding the Role of Transportation in Meeting California’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Target: A Focus on Technology Forcing Policies, Interactions with the Electric Sector and Mitigation Costs

  • Author(s): Zakerinia, Saleh
  • et al.

The overarching goal of this dissertation is to learn about the future options and policies for a low carbon energy system and transportation sector. It consists of three chapters that build upon and extend the CATIMES framework, and address three key issues in energy/economic modeling. Cost-effectiveness is an imperative performance measure in the policy world to evaluate any potential technology/policy measures considered for adoption to meet the long-term reduction target. Currently, insufficient attention has been paid to individual technology options or policy measures and their relative cost-effectiveness in the results of CA-TIMES, e.g., how cost-effective are electric vehicles under different scenarios/policies. In the first chapter, the author addresses the shortcomings of conventional cost-effectiveness curves, which are widely used in the policy world. The obtained curves in this chapter show costeffectiveness of various technology and policy options considering system-wide behavioral, technological, and intertemporal interactions.

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