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Increase in domestic electricity consumption from particulate air pollution

He, Pan, Liang, Jing, Qiu, Yueming (Lucy), Li, Qingran and Xing, Bo 2020. Increase in domestic electricity consumption from particulate air pollution. Nature Energy 5 , pp. 985-995. 10.1038/s41560-020-00699-0

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Accurate assessment of environmental externalities of particulate air pollution is crucial to the design and evaluation of environmental policies. Current evaluations mainly focus on direct damages resulting from exposure, missing indirect co-damages that occur through interactions among the externalities, human behaviours and technologies. Our study provides an empirical assessment of such co-damages using customer-level daily and hourly electricity data of a large sample of residential and commercial consumers in Arizona, United States. We use an instrumental variable panel regression approach and find that particulate matter air pollution increases electricity consumption in residential buildings as well as in retail and recreation service industries. Air pollution also reduces the actual electricity generated by distributed-solar panels. Lower-income and minority ethnic groups are disproportionally impacted by air pollution and pay higher electricity bills associated with pollution avoidance, stressing the importance of incorporating the consideration of environmental justice in energy policy-making.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Publisher: Springer Nature
ISSN: 2058-7546
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 October 2020
Date of Acceptance: 23 August 2020
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2021 15:28

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