January 9, 2011

Cutting Costs of Catching Carbon - Intertemporal Effects under Imperfect Climate Policy

by Michael Hoel and Svenn Jensen

- We use a two-period model to investigate intertemporal effects of cost reductions in climate change mitigation technologies for the power sector. With imperfect climate policies, cost reductions related to carbon capture and storage (CCS) may be more desirable than com-parable cost reductions related to renewable energy. The finding rests on the incentives fossil resource owners face. With regulations of emissions only in the future, cheaper renewables speed up extraction (the ‘green paradox’), whereas CCS cost reductions make fossil resources more attractive for future use and lead to postponement of extraction.

Hoel, M. and S. Jensen (2010). "Cutting Costs of Catching Carbon - Intertemporal Effects under Imperfect Climate Policy." CESifo Working Paper No. 3284, Dec 2010.