Prof. Ed Rubin in the Department of Engineering and Public Policy (EPP) at Carnegie Mellon University specializes in engineering-economic modeling and analysis of electric power systems; carbon capture and sequestration technologies; climate change mitigation strategies; energy and environmental technology innovation and the role of government policies; integrated assessments.
Prof. Rubin was a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC, co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize), and serves as an advisor to the Alberta Energy Ministry of Canada, and is currently a Board member of the UK CCS Research Centre. Prof. Rubin has also served on advisory committees to various state and federal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the State of California Energy Commission, Air Resources Board and Public Utility Commission.
Prof. Rubin is the lead author of a white paper that discusses costing methods for CCS. This paper was put together by the CCS Costing Methods Task Force to bring together an international group of experts from industry, government and academia. Given the importance of CCS as an option for climate change mitigation, this paper was written to (i) address the significant differences in the methods employed by various organizations to estimate the cost of CCS systems for fossil fuel power plants, and (ii) recommend a path to improve and systematize the estimation and communication of CCS costs. The links to this paper, and the subsequent journal publication, are provided below: