EPA Rules' Effect On Grid, Costs Will Be Limited, GAO Says

Law360, New York (August 17, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT) -- A series of environmental regulations affecting coal power plants could increase electricity prices and strain grid reliability in some regions, but likely not to the extent Republicans and industry groups claim, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released Thursday.

Four U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules could drive up electricity prices as much as 13.5 percent in parts of the coal-dependent South and cause some “reliability challenges,” but won’t cause “widespread reliability concerns,” the GAO found.

The report examined the Cross State Air Pollution Rule...
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