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California Approves New Power Plant Regulations

Law360 (May 24, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The California Energy Commission approved regulations on Wednesday that will prevent the biggest polluters among power plants from selling electricity to the state.

Under the new rules, California’s publicly owned utilities will be prohibited from entering into long-term financial commitments with plants that exceed 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt hour. Rules approved by the California Public Utilities Commission put the same restrictions on investor-owned utilities.

Though California has very few coal-fired power plants within its borders, it does buy about 20% of its electricity...
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