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Wood Smoke: Monetizing Health Benefits. Regional Technical Forum August 23, 2013. Meeting Agenda. Subcommittee o bjectives Objectives for today Genesis of the problem Regional Act and Regulatory requirements Abt Associates p resentation Discussion Next steps Adjourn.

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wood smoke monetizing health benefits

Wood Smoke: Monetizing Health Benefits

Regional Technical Forum

August 23, 2013

meeting agenda
Meeting Agenda
  • Subcommittee objectives
  • Objectives for today
  • Genesis of the problem
  • Regional Act and Regulatory requirements
  • Abt Associates presentation
  • Discussion
  • Next steps
  • Adjourn
subcommittee objectives
Subcommittee Objectives
  • Exploring alternative options to quantify the net health impacts of displacing wood heat with electric powered heat.
    • Different options available to model health impacts of particulate emissions on air quality.
    • Granularity of results one can expect from this modeling exercise.
    • Inherent assumptions and uncertainties associated with such modeling
    • Data required to conduct this analysis.
objectives for today
Objectives for Today
  • Discussion to provide direction for staff to draft a Scope of Work
    • Make recommendations to RTF on options and methods.
    • Understand how results from this exercise will be applied
    • Direction will be gathered from discussion in the subcommittee meeting.
genesis of the problem
Genesis of the Problem
  • Ductless Heat Pumps (DHP) replace wood heat in some residential homes.
    • This reduces wood smoke emission

… but this also adds load to the grid

    • Preliminary analysis showed the health benefits from avoided wood smoke to be significant, larger than electric savings
    • Other EE measures also reduce wood heat (e.g. weatherization)
regional act context section 3 4 cost effectiveness
Regional Act Context: Section 3(4) Cost-effectiveness

“System cost” is defined to mean “an estimate of all direct costs of a measure or resource over its effective life,” including, “among other factors”:

  • cost of distribution and transmission to the consumer, if applicable
  • waste disposal costs
  • end-of-cycle costs
  • fuel costs (including projected increases)
  • such quantifiable environmental costs and benefits as the Administrator determines, on the basis of a methodology developed by the Council as part of the plan are directly attributable to such measure or resource
rtf guidelines
RTF Guidelines
  • RTF Guidelines describe analysis of costs & benefits
  • Guideline section 4.5 identify “other non-energy” cost & benefits
    • General guideline: “included in a measure cost analysis if it can be sufficiently demonstrated to the RTF that the impacts are significant and monetizable.”
wa public utilities regulation
WA Public Utilities Regulation
  • RCW 80.52.030(8): “… the definition of cost-effective, which applies to conservation and other resources, relies on system costs that explicitly includes quantifiable environmental costs and benefits.”
    • System Costs include quantifiable environmental costs and benefits.
    • The 1980 Northwest Power Act also includes quantifiable environmental costs and benefits in the “system cost” to be included in cost effectiveness calculations.
  • Staff has not had a chance to understand regulatory requirements of OR, MO, ID
abt presentation
ABT Presentation
  • ABT presentation will contain three options for analysis:
    • Option 1: Screening Level Analysis (Basic Detail)
      • 3 months; $20,000 - $40,000 (Abt estimate)
    • Option 2: EPA RIA- Style Analysis for CAPs (Medium Detail)
      • 6 – 8 months; $60,000 - $200,000 (Abt estimate)
    • Option 3: EPA RIA- Style Analysis for CAPs and HAPs (High Detail)
      • Cost and duration will be more than Option 2
  • Scope of this analysis for electric utilities
  • Feasibility of presented options
    • Potential bias inherent in each option
    • Importance of granularity
  • Consider impacts beyond health?
  • Other ideas/ considerations?
next steps
Next Steps
  • Milestones
    • Scope of Work
    • Timing for analysis (Option driven)
  • Other thoughts?