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.