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Optimized Scheduling Can Reduce CO2 Emissions from Plug-in Electric Vehicle and Vehicle-to-Grid Charging

Chris Hoehne and Mikhail Chester
Poster Transportation Research Board 2016 Annual Meeting, Poster No. 16-3887, January 12, 2016.

Vulnerability of Urban Water Systems to Climate Change and Mitigating the Potential for Cascading Failures

Emily Bondank, Mikhail Chester, and Ben Ruddell
Poster American Geophysical Union 2015, Poster No. NH33C-1928, December 16, 2015.

Impacts of Climate Change on Electric Transmission Capacity and Peak Electricity Load in the United States

Matthew Bartos, Mikhail Chester, Nathan Johnson, Brandon Gorman, and Dan Eisenberg
Poster American Geophysical Union 2015, Poster No. GC33C-1311, December 16, 2015.

Developing a Concept of Social-Ecological-Technological Systems to Characterize Resilience of Urban Areas and Infrastructure to Extreme Events

Mikhail Chester, Nancy Grimm, Chuck Redman, Thad Miller, Timon McPhearson, Tischa Munoz-Erickson, and Dave Chandler
Presentation American Geophysical Union 2015, Presentation No. H23M-02, December 15, 2015.

Vulnerability of Southwest Water Infrastructure to Cascading Failures Initiated by Climate Change

Emily Bondank, Mikhail Chester, and Ben Ruddell
Presentation Arizona State University Environmental Engineering Seminar, November 11, 2015.

Positioning High-speed Rail to Lower Energy Use, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Transportation Costs

Mikhail Chester
Presentation International Workshop on High-speed Rail Planning and Operations, Washington, DC, October 30, 2015.

Prioritizing Cooling Infrastructure Investments for Vulnerable Southwest Populations

Mikhail Chester, David Eisenman, Andrew Fraser, Matthew Nahlik, and Stephanie Pincetl
Presentation University of California Los Angeles Technical Advisory Committee Workshop, Los Angeles, CA, September 28, 2015.

Positioning Transportation Infrastructure for Arizona's Future

Mikhail Chester
Presentation Valley of the Sun Clean Cities Coalition, Phoenix, AZ, September 25, 2015.

Public Transit Reliability and Urban Accessibility to Cooling Centers during Extreme Heat Events

Andrew Fraser and Mikhail Chester
Poster First International Conference on Surface Transportation System Resilience to Climate Change and Extreme Weather Events, Washington, DC, September 16, 2015.

Prioritizing Cooling Infrastructure Investments for Vulnerable Southwest Populations

Mikhail Chester, David Eisenman, Andrew Fraser, Matthew Nahlik, and Stephanie Pincetl
Presentation Arizona State University Technical Advisory Committee Workshop, Phoenix, AZ, August 3, 2015.

Climate Change, Water Resources, and Electricity Provision in the West

Matthew Bartos and Mikhail Chester
Presentation Columbia University's CUAHSI Webinar Series, July 14, 2015.

Combining LCA, Risk Assessment and Benefit-cost Analysis: Case study of carbon capture and storage

Eric Williams, Ashok Sekar, and Mikhail Chester
Presentation International Society of Industrial Ecology, University of Surrey, UK, July 10, 2015.

This work contributes to methods to integrate LCA, Risk Assessment and Benefit-cost analysis in order to better account for geographic heterogeneity in the environmental assessment of energy technologies. The first challenge considered is lack of data on locations of supply chain processes. This challenge is addressed by formulating a bounding analysis to characterize the range of impacts for locations within a region. The second issue is uncertainty in valuation models for marginal damages of air emissions. The approach is to consider all available models, construct a baseline but also estimate results for alternate choices. The third challenge addressed is uncertainty in the social cost of carbon, addressed by recasting a benefit-cost analysis as finding the breakeven social cost of carbon required to make a technology beneficial, per location.

The method is applied to assessment of Carbon capture and storage (CCS) on coal plants in the United States. CCS for coal power plants reduces onsite carbon dioxide emissions, but affects other air emissions on and offsite. This research assesses the net societal benefits and costs of Monoethanolamine (MEA) CCS, valuing changes in emissions of CO2, SO2, NOX, NH3 and particulate matter (PM), including those in the supply chain. Geographical variability and stochastic uncertainty for 407 coal power plant locations in the U.S. are analyzed. The results show that the net environmental benefits and costs of MEA CCS depend critically on location. For a few favorable sites of both power plant and upstream processes, CCS realizes a net benefit (benefit-cost ratio > 1) if the social cost of carbon exceeds $51/ton. For much of the U.S. however, the social cost of carbon must be much higher to realize net benefits from CCS, up to a maximum of $910/ton. While the social costs of carbon are uncertain, typical estimates are in the range of $32-220/ton, much lower than the breakeven value for many potential CCS locations. Increased impacts upstream from the power plant can dramatically change the social acceptability of CCS and needs further consideration and analysis.

Socio-technical Analysis of Urban Energy Use

Janet Reyna, Mikhail Chester, and Sergio Rey
Presentation International Society of Industrial Ecology, University of Surrey, UK, July 9, 2015.

Extreme Heat Vulnerability and Urban Energy Use

Mikhail Chester, David Eisenman, Stephanie Pincetl, Andrew Fraser, Matthew Nahlik, Matthew Bartos, Holly LeClair, Chi-hong Tseng, Deepak Sivaraman, Paul English, Thomas Seager
Presentation International Society of Industrial Ecology, University of Surrey, UK, July 7, 2015.

Transit in the U.S.: Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Climate Adaptation

Mikhail Chester
Presentation University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, July 6, 2015.

Urban Infrastructure Growth and Its Unintended Environmental Impacts

Mikhail Chester, Daniel Burillo, and Ram Pendyala
Presentation Google Earth Engine Summit, Mountain View, CA, June 29, 2015.

Climate Change Impacts and Transit Systems

Mikhail Chester
Presentation TRB ADC60 Committee Sustainability in a Time of Scarcity Workshop , Los Angeles, CA, June 9, 2015.

Assessing Climate Change Impacts on Electric Power Generation in the Western Interconnection

Matthew Bartos and Mikhail Chester
Presentation ISSST, Dearborn, MI, May 19, 2015.

Infrastructure Design and Heat Vulnerability in the Southwest

Mikhail Chester, Andrew Fraser, Matthew Bartos, David Eisenman, Stephanie Pincetl, Holly LeClair, Chi-hong Tseng, Matthew Nahlik, Deepak Sivaraman, Paul English, and Thomas Seager
Presentation ISSST, Dearborn, MI, May 19, 2015.

Vulnerability Assessment of Southwest Water Infrastructure to Climate Change using a Life-Cycle Approach

Emily Bondank, Mikhail Chester, Daniel Eisenberg, Benjamin Ruddell, Susan Clark, Changdeok Gim, Eric Kennedy, Thomas Seager, and Clark Miller
Presentation ISSST, Dearborn, MI, May 18, 2015.

Environmental Life-cycle Assessment of Freight Transportation Services

Mikhail Chester
Presentation Federal Highway Administration Webinar, April 15, 2015.

Vulnerability of Urban Water Systems to Cascading Failures Initiated by Climate Change

Emily Bondank and Mikhail Chester
Poster Arizona State University Graduate Symposium, March 5, 2015.

Policymaking Should Consider the Time-dependent Greenhouse Gas Benefits of Transit-oriented Smart Growth

Matthew Nahlik and Mikhail Chester
Presentation Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 14, 2015.

Cost-Effectiveness of Reductions in Greenhouse Gas Emissions from High-Speed Rail and Urban Transportation Projects in California

Juan Matute and Mikhail Chester
Presentation Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 12, 2015.

Time-based Life-cycle Assessment for Environmental Policymaking

Mikhail Chester and Alex Cano
Presentation Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 12, 2015.

Exploring the Relationship Between Infrastructure Saturation, Peak Travel, and Environmental Life Cycle Impacts

Andrew Fraser and Mikhail Chester
Poster Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, January 9, 2014.