Prepared for IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates by the Consumer Energy Alliance
[From a GreenWire article by Jason Plautz, sub. req'd] An analysis that predicted savings of up to $137 billion under a low-carbon fuel plan under consideration by 11 Northeast and mid-Atlantic states was based on faulty assumptions, according to a new report. The assessment from consulting firm IHS …calls an August analysis from the nonprofit Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM) “flawed” and based on “unrealistic” assumptions.
…For example, the IHS CERA study says that NESCAUM overstated the availability of cellulosic and next generation biofuels in the year 2022, citing an EPA study that cast doubt on the availability of biofuels. The study also says the NESCAUM overstated the potential price of alternative fuels and fueling infrastructure, as well as the viability of mainstream electric and natural gas vehicles….