Western PA Decarbonization Study

Continued reliance on locally sourced fossil fuels and carbon capture will be 12% more costly than a clean energy pathway that is focused on renewables and energy efficiency, and leverage imports from outside the 10-county region.

A new clean energy pathway developed by Strategen Consulting for the Ohio River Valley Institute would result in a 97% reduction in CO2 emissions from the power sector by 2050, resulting in annual benefits of $2.69B, higher than those associated with a pathway dependent on natural gas and carbon capture and storage technology.

Additionally, energy efficiency combined with electrification of the buildings and transportation sectors results in load growth totaling 33% over the period.