Power Plays: EPA's Role In Electric Power Generation

Law360, New York (March 4, 2013, 10:04 AM EST) -- More so than regulatory developments, inexpensive natural gas may be the most significant factor limiting the development of new coal-fired power plants and the dispatch of existing coal-fired plants. That said, environmental regulations will continue to play an important role in shaping the future of electrical generation.

Of particular importance is the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule that, for all intents and purposes, prohibits the construction of new coal-fired generation, absent a willingness to invest in relatively untested carbon capture and sequestration technology. Although...
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