As electricity moves from suppliers to customers, grid inefficiencies are forcing the power plants to make up for those losses through additional generation — creating more greenhouse gas emissions in the process, according to a new study.
The research from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and the University of Maryland focuses on worldwide power losses through transmission and distribution (T&D) infrastructure, or the percentage of electricity lost between the source of supply and the distribution as billed to the customer. The paper estimated that roughly 1 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions are associated with electricity generated due to such losses.
Insights into just how much ground is lost (but could be made up) via inefficiencies to the grid. Not only are the 1 billion tons of emissions an issue, but obviously that's lost power that could be otherwise sold and used