Article | May 29, 2014

Winds Of Change For Texas Energy

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By Audrey Bold

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this month allowing the EPA to consider costs in regulating emissions by states for the benefit of downwind neighboring states (CSAPR or cross-state air protection rule) means that changes are imminent for state power generators. Specifically, for 28 states deemed upwind of others that are having air quality trouble, changes to coal-fired power practices seem a pressing concern. Some reports suggest that, together, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS) and the CSAPR might lead to the retirement of 60 gigawatts of coal-fired power plants by 2020 (that’s the energy equivalent of powering 15 million U.S. homes).

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