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US EPA to release GHG cap for existing power plants

US officials are set to review a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over carbon dioxide limits for existing power plants, but details of the standard aren’t expected to be available until June 2014.


US officials are set to review a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over carbon dioxide limits for existing power plants, but details of the standard aren’t expected to be available until June 2014.

The proposal comes following EPA meetings with more than a hundred industry stakeholders looking to tackle the power plant problem, the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in the US There are nearly 7,000 operational power plants operating 19,023 generating units in the US, according to the Energy Information Administration.

In January 2014, the EPA proposed greenhouse gas emissions standards that would apply to new fossil fuel-fired power plants. The proposal issued under Section 111(b) of the Clean Air Act would limit new natural gas-fired power plants to 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour with a performance standard of 1,100 pounds per megawatt hour for coal-fired units and some smaller natural gas power plants (79 Fed. Reg. 1,430).

The progress on emissions management is part of US President Barack Obama’s climate action plan.


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1 Comment » for US EPA to release GHG cap for existing power plants
  1. Darell Engelhaupt says:

    Hydroelectric plants are underutilized. Many examples exist of the water shed having been formed (great recreational source)and the power generators and distribution not installed or underutilized. One case in point is the Florence Alabama dam installed solely for power – but with a change in political atmosphere years ago, has had only small generators installed. The Tennessee river and many others could support a great deal more power requirements. Perhaps amongst all the studies, a brief consideration might be given to using expensive power generation equipment from fossil plants as they may be decommissioned, at sites with dams capable of producing power such as Florence, AL and others. Many of the government replacement power transformers and generators are sold overseas by contractors or even salvaged for copper and other recoverable material. The contractors are paid for the task and still collect on the salvage which is a huge sum in some cases. This rather than reinstalling them in the US (rural areas with hydro resources available perhaps. Thank you for your efforts.

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