On June 7, 2011, M.J. Bradley & Associates LLC (MJB&A) and Sue Tierney from the Analysis Group issued a "Summer 2011 Update", which supplements the earlier analysis published in August 2010 in light of new information. The Update reaffirms the major conclusion of the prior report that the electric industry can comply with EPA's air pollution rules without threatening electric system reliability provided that EPA, the industry and other agencies take practical steps to plan for the implementation of these rules and adopt appropriate regulatory approaches.
M.J. Bradley & Associates LLC (MJB&A) and Sue Tierney and Paul Hibbard from the Analysis Group recently completed a report reviewing the impact on power plant operations of proposed EPA rules to reduce emissions of sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOX), mercury, and other hazardous air pollutants. The report, Ensuring a Clean, Modern Electric Generating Fleet while Maintaining Electric System Reliability, finds the industry is well-positioned to respond to more stringent EPA clean air regulations, and that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can move forward in a timely way on new air quality rules for power plant emissions to improve public health while maintaining the reliability of the nation's power system.
The report advises that federal and state regulators and the industry must take a proactive approach to managing the transition to a cleaner generating system. According to the report, the industry has a robust toolkit available to manage system reliability while at the same time installing pollution control equipment and retiring a portion of the generating fleet.
The report was prepared on behalf of a coalition of electric companies, including: Calpine Corporation, Constellation Energy, Entergy Corporation, Exelon Corporation, NextEra Energy, National Grid, PG&E Corporation, and Public Service Enterprise Group. These eight companies are some of the nation's largest generators of electricity, with over 170,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity (including 110,000 megawatts of fossil generating capacity) throughout the U.S. Together, these companies serve nearly a fifth of all U.S. electric customers.
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