The Social Cost of Electricity

The Social Cost of Electricity

Scenarios and Policy Implications

The Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei series on Economics, the Environment and Sustainable Development

Edited by Anil Markandya, Andrea Bigano and Roberto Porchia

This book reports and rationalizes the state-of-the-art concerning the social costs of electricity generation. Social costs are assessed by adding to the private generation costs, the external costs associated with damages to human health, the environment, crops, materials, and those related to the consequences of climate change. The authors consider the evolution of these costs up to 2030 for major electricity generating technologies and, using these estimates, evaluate policy options for external cost internalization, providing quantitative scenarios by country and primary fuel for 2010, 2020 and 2030. While mainly focusing on European countries, the book also examines the situation in key emerging economies such as China, India, Brazil and Turkey.


Edited by Anil Markandya, Andrea Bigano and Roberto Porchia

Subjects: economics and finance, energy economics, environmental economics, environment, environmental economics


All databases on emissions, external, private and social costs and the tools used for policy evaluation are available to the reader in a dedicated page of the CASES website ( To download the databases listed below please follow the link: To receive a CD-Rom containing an electronic copy of all databases and tools, please contact: Publications Office Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei Corso Magenta, 63 20123 Milano Italy Phone: +39 02 52036976 Fax: +39 02 52036946 e-mail: Emissions Database – Lyfe Cycle Inventory LCI_Data (.xls) External Costs Database ExternalCosts_per_unit_emission (.xls) ExternalCosts_instructions (.pdf) Social Costs Database Private_Ext_Full_Costs (.xls) Tool For Policy Assessment MCDA_Tool_V3 (.xls) MCDA_Tool_UserGuide (.pdf) 293 The Social Cost of Electricity 13/09/2010 18.18 p. 292

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