Electric Grid Authority Urges EPA To Delay Clean Power Plan

Law360, Washington (November 5, 2014, 6:56 PM EST) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s contentious Clean Power Plan could threaten the reliability of the U.S. electricity grid by taking coal-fired plants offline without adequate alternatives, an electric grid authority said Wednesday, suggesting the agency might need to push back its compliance deadlines.

In its preliminary review of the reliability impacts of the proposed CPP, the North American Electric Reliability Corp. said the projected power plant retirements resulting from the EPA’s plan — mainly coal-fired plants — represented many gigawatts of power generation capacity, dwarfing the currently available capacity reserves.

While replacement generation facilities will be built over time to make...

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