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Energy choices revisited : an examination of the costs and benefits of maine's energy policy.



PROLOGUE AND SUMMARY. Introduction. Project background. Report findings. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY. Introduction. Scope of work. Scenarios. Impact analysis. Research design. Scenario development. Rate and economic impact analysis. Peer review and advisory group comments. INDUSTRY CASE STUDIES. Introduction. Background. Cogeneration and independent power producers. Economic and employment related impacts. Environmental impacts. Implications for further studies. Case studies. Fairfield Energy Venture. Robbins Lumber Company. The Boise Cascade Plant. SESCO, Incorporated. Conclusions. ENERGY ECONOMIC OVERVIEW. Introduction. Economic profile of Maine. Population and income. Employment patterns. Other economic indicators. Electricity use patterns in Maine. Electricity consumption. Electricity production. Electricity prices. ALTERNATIVE SCENARIOS. Introduction. Methodology. Research design. Supportable estimates. Production costs. Key PUC actions. Sears Island Permit Denied. Order to sell shares in Seabrook. Promotion of power purchases from independent suppliers. Establishing avoided cost rates. Option for levelized contracts. Promotion of demand-side management services. Rejection of Hydro-Quebec. Alternative scenarios. Actual baseline scenario. Alternative scenarios. Cost of replacement energy. Derivation of quantity and cost estimates. Impacts on rates and Bills. Scenario 1 impacts. Scenario 2 impacts. Scenario 3 impacts. Conclusions. If not QFs, why such a sharp rate increase?. ECONOMIC IMPACTS. Introduction. Evaluating economic competitiveness. Policy impacts. Use of input-output analysis. Key expenditure data. Impacts of Maine's energy policies. Conclusion. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT. Introduction. Methodology. QF emission factors. Power plant emission factors. Emission calculations. Environmental impacts. Emissions. Valuing emissions. Conclusions. CONCLUSIONS. Net benefits. Lessons learned. APPENDICES:. Project advisory group members. Maine historical data. Maine non-utility biomass generators with power purchase agreements in 1992. Relevant PUC dockets. Estimating influences on revenue increases. Extended shift-share analysis for selected sectors in Maine-1984 through 1992.

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