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Casie Davidson

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
PO Box 999
Richland, WA 99352
(509) 372-6259

Biography

Ms Davidson’s research focuses on developing and utilizing models to refine our understanding of how a diverse set of drivers - geological, technical, economic, regulatory and societal - combine to impact how carbon dioxide capture and geologic storage (CCS) technologies could deploy domestically and abroad. Ms Davidson was a principal author of the first-of-its-kind CO2 storage capacity assessment and coupled cost curve for North America, and has recently completed a second such study for China. These reports highlight Ms Davidson’s contribution to the body of CCS literature, which also includes cross-cutting work with regulators and researchers in other disciplines to understand how complex, real-world constraints may impact geologic storage, groundwater and other resources. Applications of this work include preliminary CCS project siting studies to help private industrial clients evaluate their emissions mitigation options; consulting work for governmental and non-governmental organizations working to support and craft regulation based on robust science and grounded in good economic principles; and multinational organizations seeking a broader understanding of the potential for CCS technologies to serve a global role in addressing climate change over the coming decades.

Highlighted Publications

JJ Dooley and CL Davidson. 2010. A Brief Technical Critique of Economides and Ehlig-Economides 2010 "Sequestering Carbon Dioxide in a Closed Underground Volume." . PNNL-19249, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA.

JJ Dooley, CL Davidson and RT Dahowski. 2009. An Assessment of the Commercial Availability of Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Technologies as of June 2009. Joint Global Change Research Institute. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

JJ Dooley, CL Davidson, RT Dahowski, N Gupta, SH Kim, EL Malone, MA Wise. 2006. Carbon Dioxide Capture and Geologic Storage: A Key Component of a Global Energy Technology Strategy to Address Climate Change. Battelle - Pacific Northwest Division. Richland, WA.

Research Interests

  • Technoeconomic modeling of carbon dioxide capture and geologic storage (CCS) as a climate change mitigation technology
  • Potential impacts of societal and technical CCS constraints on the geologic CO2 storage resource and groundwater
  • Supporting strong, science-based efforts to regulate a safe, effective CCS industry
  • CCS project siting, permitting and geologic characterization

Education and Credentials

  • B.S., Geology
  • M.S., Resource and Applied Economics

PNNL Publications

2013

  • Dahowski RT, CL Davidson, X Li, and N Wei. 2013. "Examining CCS deployment potential in China via application of an integrated CCS cost curve." Energy Procedia 37:2487-2494.  doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2013.06.130
  • Wei N, X Li, Y Wang, RT Dahowski, CL Davidson, and G Bromhal. 2013. "A preliminary sub-basin scale evaluation framework of site suitability for onshore aquifer-based CO2 storage in China." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 12:231-246.  doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2012.10.012

2012

  • Dahowski RT, CL Davidson, X Li, and N Wei. 2012. "A $70/tCO2 greenhouse gas mitigation backstop for China's industrial and electric power sectors: insights from a comprehensive CCS cost curve." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 11:73-85.  doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2012.07.024

2011

  • Dahowski RT, CL Davidson, and JJ Dooley. 2011. "Comparing large scale CCS deployment potential in the USA and China: a detailed analysis based on country-specific CO2 transport & storage cost curves." In 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, September 19-23, 2010, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Energy Procedia, vol. 4, ed. J Gale, C Hendriks and W Turkenberg, pp. 2732-2739.  Elsevier, London, United Kingdom.  doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.175
  • Davidson CL, RT Dahowski, and JJ Dooley. 2011. "A quantitative comparison of the cost of employing EOR-coupled CSS supplemented with secondary DSF storage for two large CO2 point sources." In 10th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, September 19-23, 2010, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Energy Procedia, vol. 4, ed. J Gale, C Hendricks and W Turkenberg, pp. 2361-2368.  Elsevier, London, United Kingdom.  doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2011.02.128

2010

2009

  • Dahowski RT, X Li, CL Davidson, N Wei, and JJ Dooley. 2009. Regional Opportunities for Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage in China: A Comprehensive CO2 Storage Cost Curve and Analysis of the Potential for Large Scale Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage in the People's Republic of ChinaPNNL-19091, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 
  • Dahowski RT, X Li, CL Davidson, N Wei, JJ Dooley, and R Gentile. 2009. "A Preliminary Cost Curve Assessment of Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Potential in China." In Energy Procedia: 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Contorol Technologies (GHGT9), vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 2849-2856.  Elsevier, London, United Kingdom.  doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2009.02.058
  • Davidson CL, JJ Dooley, and RT Dahowski. 2009. "Assessing the impacts of future demand for saline groundwater on commercial deployment of CCS in the United States." In Energy Procedia: 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Contorol Technologies (GHGT9), vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1949-1956.  Elsevier, London, United Kingdom.  doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2009.01.254
  • Dooley JJ, RT Dahowski, and CL Davidson. 2009. "Comparing Existing Pipeline Networks with the Potential Scale of Future U.S. CO2 Pipeline Networks." In Energy Procedia: 9th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Contorol Technologies (GHGT9), vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 1595-1602.  Elsevier, London, United Kingdom.  doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2009.01.209
  • Dooley JJ, RT Dahowski, and CL Davidson. 2009. "The Potential for Increased Atmospheric CO2 Emissions and Accelerated Consumption of Deep Geologic CO2 Storage Resources Resulting from the Large-Scale Deployment of a CCS-Enabled Unconventional Fossil Fuels Industry in the U.S." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 3(6):720-730.  doi:10.1016/j.ijggc.2009.08.004
  • Dooley JJ, CL Davidson, and RT Dahowski. 2009. An Assessment of the Commercial Availability of Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Technologies as of June 2009PNNL-18520, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA. 

2008

2007

  • Dooley JJ, RT Dahowski, and CL Davidson. 2007. "CCS: A Strategy for Tackling Climate Change." Chapter 4 in Fundamentals of the Global Oil and Gas Industry, 2007, vol. 2007, pp. 67-69.  World Petroleum Council, London, United Kingdom. 
  • Wise MA, JJ Dooley, RT Dahowski, and CL Davidson. 2007. "Modeling the Impacts of Climate Policy on the Deployment of Carbon Dioxide Capture and Geologic Storage across Electric Power Regions in the United States." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 1(2):261-270.  doi:10.1016/S1750-5836(07)00017-5
  • Wise MA, JJ Dooley, RT Dahowski, and CL Davidson. 2007. "Modelling the impacts of climate policy on the deployment of carbon dioxide capture and geologic storage across electric power regions in the United States." International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 1(2):261-270.  doi:10.1016/S1750-5836(07)00017-5

2006

  • McGrail BP, HT Schaef, AM Ho, YJ Chien, JJ Dooley, and CL Davidson. 2006. "Potential for Carbon Dioxide Sequestration in Flood Basalts." Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth 111(B12):Art. No. B12201. 

2004

  • Shankle SA, and CL Davidson. 2004. "Energy in Washington State Today: The Big Picture." AeA Techline Magazine Summer :11 - 13. 
  • Shankle SA, and CL Davidson. 2004. "Energy in Washington State Tomorrow: The Big Picture." AeA Techline Magazine 11-13. 
  • Dooley JJ, RT Dahowski, CL Davidson, S Bachu, N Gupta, and J Gale. 2004. "A CO2 STORAGE SUPPLY CURVE FOR NORTH AMERICA AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE DEPLOYMENT OF CARBON DIOXIDE CAPTURE AND STORAGE SYSTEMS." In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT7), vol. 1, ed. ES Rubin, DW Keith, CF Gilboy, pp. 593-604.  Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 
  • Dooley JJ, CL Davidson, MA Wise, and RT Dahowski. 2004. "ACCELERATED ADOPTION OF CARBON DIOXIDE CAPTURE AND STORAGE WITHIN THE UNITED STATES ELECTRIC UTILITY INDUSTRY: THE IMPACT OF STABILIZING AT 450 PPMV AND 550 PPMV." In Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies (GHGT-7), vol. 1, ed. ES Rubin, DW Keith, CF Gilboy, pp. 891-900.  Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

2003

  • Davidson CL, JJ Dooley, RT Dahowski, and NM Mahasenan. 2003. "An Analysis Of The Impact Of Selected Carbon Capture And Storage Policy Scenarios On The US Fossil-Based Electric Power Sector." In Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Technical Forum Proceedings, DOE/FE-0464.  US Dept of Energy, Office of Fossil Energy, Washington, DC. 

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