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EBC Energy Program: Converging EPA Air and Water Rules for Power Plants
June 17, 2011 @ 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
The Evolving Shape of Electric Generation
Numerous EPA rules are converging to force existing power plants to meet advanced performance standards approaching those of new facilities. These new rules affect the emission of acid rain pollutants, hazardous air pollutants and green house gases, the application of cooling water technologies and ash disposal. Prominent economists estimate that 40,000 to 70,000 megawatts of older, inefficient power plants, mostly coal-fired, could be retired from service as compliance with these new EPA rules will be too costly.
Although most of these retirements are expected to occur in the Midwest and South, some 8,000 MWs of generating assets in New England are in play. The owner of these assets, in part known as the “Filthy Five” and “Sooty Six”, have been diligently responding to and meeting increasingly aggressive environmental standards. These plants are much cleaner today than they were a decade ago but now much more is being mandated.
These EPA rules are expected to significantly contribute to the reshaping of electric power generation, nationally and in New England. Retirements, repowering of existing facilities and the siting of new generation and inter-regional transmission lines are all possible outcomes. A national power grid that meets the highest of efficiency and environmental standards is the ultimate goal. This EBC Energy seminar will take a candid, firsthand look, at this ambitious expectation.
Topics to be covered include:
- NO2 and SO2 standards
- Paradigm shift from a Renewable Energy Standard (RES) to a Clean Energy Standard (CES)
- US EPA objective and expectations of rules
- The Tailoring Rule for Green House Gas emissions
- Utility MACT – Impact on Mercury and other hazardous air pollutants
- 316b Rule – Controlling cooling water intake
Bob Bibbo – Vice President, Normandeau Associates
- Ira Leighton, Deputy Regional Administrator, US EPA Region 1
- Dan Weekley, Vice President Government Affairs, Dominion Resources Services Inc.
- Thomas Lavery, Associate, Fuss and O