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Uncertainty modeling of CCS investment strategy in China's power sector

Wenji Zhou, Bing Zhu, Sabine Fuss, Jana Szolgayová, Michael Obersteiner and Weiyang Fei

Applied Energy, 2010, vol. 87, issue 7, 2392-2400

Abstract: The increasing pressure resulting from the need for CO2 mitigation is in conflict with the predominance of coal in China's energy structure. A possible solution to this tension between climate change and fossil fuel consumption fact could be the introduction of the carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. However, high cost and other problems give rise to great uncertainty in R&D and popularization of carbon capture technology. This paper presents a real options model incorporating policy uncertainty described by carbon price scenarios (including stochasticity), allowing for possible technological change. This model is further used to determine the best strategy for investing in CCS technology in an uncertain environment in China and the effect of climate policy on the decision-making process of investment into carbon-saving technologies.

Keywords: Carbon; capture; and; storage; Uncertainty; Real; options; Energy; investment; Chinese; climate; policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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