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EPA Proposes Carbon Standards for New Power Plants

Just three months after the announcement of Obama’s Climate Action Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency has already proposed carbon emission limits for new power plants. (Proposed standards for existing power plants will be announced by June 1st, 2014.)  The proposed standards are focused on efficiency and flexibility in order to promote the adoption of new cleaner technology in future power plants. The goal is to minimize emissions without stifling energy production.  Private energy producers will get some support from the Department of Energy, which has committed to help companies increase power plant efficiency and promote new technologies such as carbon capture and storage.

The bottom line?  New standards limit new large gas-fired power plantsto 1,000 pounds of CO2 emissions per megawatt hour and new small gas-fired turbines to 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour produced. Coal-fired units would also be limited to 1,100 pounds of CO2 per megawatt hour but would have an option to average emissions over a number of years if they opt to comply with a slightly more stringent standard.

For more information see http://www.environmentalleader.com/2013/09/20/power-plant-carbon-emissions-limits-proposed/

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