The new analysis, “The Hidden Costs of Electricity: Comparing the Hidden Costs of Power Generation Fuels,” is available online on the Civil Society Institute website. Six fuels used to generate electricity —- biomass, coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar (photovoltaic and concentrating solar power), and wind (both onshore and offshore) - are analyzed in the following categories: water impacts, climate change impacts, air pollution impacts, planning and cost risk, subsidies and tax incentives, land impacts, and other impacts.
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