1. Replacing peakers with storage to achieve the greatest health benefit

    Replacing peakers with storage to achieve the greatest health benefit

    Peaker generating units causing the greatest health burdens can be retired and replaced with storage. That’s the idea behind a new data visualization resource from Physicians, Scientists, and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE). The U.S. has more than 1,000 peaker units, which operate only at times of peak load, and often have high hourly emissions. Many are located in areas with high proportions of minority and low-income residents.

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    1. This is a screening tool, and we hope it will catalyze deeper analytical dives into specific regions or power plants.
    2. Regulators and policymakers can use our findings to inform decisions related to energy storage and clean energy targets, greenhouse gas and criteria pollutant emission reductions, and investments to improve clean energy access for under-served and vulnerable communities.
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