Uses of AVERT
State air quality planners, energy office and public utility commission staff, and other organizations interested in knowing the emission impacts of energy policies and programs can use AVERT to:
- Quantify the particulate matter (PM2.5), nitrogen oxides (NOX), sulfur dioxide (SO2), carbon dioxide (CO2), volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and ammonia (NH3) emissions benefits of state and multi-state energy policies and programs.
- Examine the regional, state, and county level emission impacts of different energy programs based on temporal energy savings, hourly generation profiles, and vehicle types.
- Explore the net impacts of adding electric vehicles to the grid, considering the tradeoffs of increasing power use while displacing fuel-burning vehicles from the road.
- Assess emission impacts from other energy policies that increase electricity demand.
- Include AVERT-calculated electric power sector emission impacts of energy policies and programs in air quality modeling and Clean Air Act plans used to meet the National Ambient Air Quality Standards with the concurrence of the appropriate EPA regional office.
- Compare the emission impacts of different types of energy programs, such as the emission impacts of wind installations versus solar installations.
- Understand the emission impacts of different energy policies and programs during high electricity demand days.
- Analyze the emission benefits of energy programs in multiple states within an AVERT region.
- Present information about location-specific emissions benefits in easy–to–interpret tables and maps.