Impact of EPA’s Clean Power Plan for US Power Industry

Senior Director Gary Brendel, PE provides input on the recent release of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan.

The Obama Administration and the EPA released the “Clean Power Plan” on August 2, 2015. The Plan sets nationwide standards requiring states to reduce carbon emission. It also includes incentives for states to develop renewable energy.

Reactions to the Plan pit the economy against the environment, with many arguing that it will increase electricity prices. Even the EPA has allowed that the new regulations will cause older coal-fired plants to close—coal still supplies 37 percent of our electricity. When those power plants close, some question how we will make up for that missing electricity. The EPA projects that renewable energy growth will be the answer.

We are keeping a close eye on the regulatory landscape so we are prepared to help our clients as they face new challenges and opportunities.

As they plan for compliance, our clients in the power industry have sought out GAI’s expertise to navigate through the Coal Combustion Residual regulations issued in April 2015. Simultaneously, we continue to assist clients with permitting and planning for wind, hydro, and solar projects.

We are keeping a close eye on the regulatory landscape so we are prepared to help our clients as they face new challenges and opportunities.

For more information on the Clean Power Plan or other regulatory compliance issues, contact Gary Brendel, PE at 724.387.2170 or David Bevilacqua at 724.387.2170.

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