September 21, 2013 by California Carbon
Climate Connect News, 21 September 2013, London: In a landmark announcement, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) proposed strict emission standards for new power plants in the US. The proposed standards are part of the Climate Action Plan announced by President Barack Obama earlier this year.
Noting that power plants are responsible for one-third of all greenhouse gas emissions in the the US, the EPA announced two sets of emission standards – for gas-based power plants and coal-fired power plants.
For gas-based power plants, the EPA has announced two standards based on the size of the power plant.
The EPA has also proposed two sets of standards for coal-based power plants; these standards would require only a partial carbon capture from the new power plants.
The proposed standards for new power plants are the first uniform national limits on the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be allowed to emit. The proposed standards are in line with investments in clean energy technologies that are already being made in the power sector.
These emission standards are open for comment for the next 60 days. Several federal and state-level legislators have said that states must have the ultimate control over the emission standards of the power plants and have asked for flexibility in the EPA standards.
Analysis of regulatory impact of the emission standards (done by EPA)
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