This special interest group is for professionals to connect and discuss all types of carbon-free power alternatives, including nuclear, renewable, tidal and more.

Tom Hoff's picture
Founder & Chief Research Officer, Clean Power Research

Dr. Tom Hoff is the founder and chief research officer of Clean Power Research. He’s a pioneer in the science of valuing distributed solar generation, and holds a number of patents in the area of...

  • Member since 2021
  • 3 items added with 378 views
  • Sep 27, 2021

I published this article in March, 2021 - though it is still timely. I think the Energy Central community could benefit from a re-post. I will start posting some new content to Energy Central shortly!  

Matt Chester's picture
Matt Chester on Sep 27, 2021

So it sounds like you'd take the position that we should be pursuing actions with the greatest impact first rather than necessarily targeting the lower hanging fruit? Or is that a false choice and both can be equally pursued? 

Tom Hoff's picture
Tom Hoff on Sep 27, 2021

Matt. Thanks for your comment. Using a Carbon Avoidance Price will allow us to determine which investments provide the greatest bang for your buck on a price basis, not a total cost basis. Thus, they will not necessarily have the greatest impact from a carbon reduction perspective. It is likely that the investments you identify as being the lower hanging fruit will have very attractive (i.e., low or even negative) Carbon Avoidance Prices and would thus be the investments to pursue first. As an example, within the context of a typical residential home, upgrading lighting and reducing baseloads would be the sort of investment that is lower hanging fruit. The Carbon Avoidance Price would be prioritize these investments.

Tom Hoff's picture
Thank Tom for the Post!
Energy Central contributors share their experience and insights for the benefit of other Members (like you). Please show them your appreciation by leaving a comment, 'liking' this post, or following this Member.
More posts from this member

Get Published - Build a Following

The Energy Central Power Industry Network is based on one core idea - power industry professionals helping each other and advancing the industry by sharing and learning from each other.

If you have an experience or insight to share or have learned something from a conference or seminar, your peers and colleagues on Energy Central want to hear about it. It's also easy to share a link to an article you've liked or an industry resource that you think would be helpful.

                 Learn more about posting on Energy Central »