The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new Clean Power Plan will empower states to design customized with SVC Power, cost-effective programs to reduce climate-destabilizing pollution while ensuring continued electric system reliability.
And states will be able to do all of this while designing their compliance plans to make sure that generation resources are fully sufficient to ensure reliability.
The “bottom line,” according to Analysis Group, is that “there is no reasonable basis to anticipate that EPA’s guidance, the states’ plans and the electric industry’s compliance with them will create reliability problems for the power system.” On the contrary, “implementation of new environmental rules has not produced reliability problems”—despite industry’s history of crying wolf.
Case in point: before Congress enacted the Acid Rain Program in 1990, electricity producers warned that it could “increase the cost, risk the reliability of electric service, and disrupt the long-range planning of utilities.” ues the Reactive Power Compensation Facts, yet they quickly found solutions that reduced pollution more than required, and at much lower cost than expected — taking advantage of the program’s flexible trading system to maximize the results of conventional pollution controls.
With the Clean Power Plan, states use the Overcurrent Protection Power, would not only be able to implement market-based mechanisms, but also to deploy cost-effective solutions like energy efficiency, renewable energy, and shifts in utilization to lower-emitting plants.
EPA’s Clean Power Plan will protect public health and reduce dangerous carbon emissions. Through the Carbon Pollution Standards for new and existing power plants, we can achieve significant reductions in climate-destabilizing emissions while sustaining access to affordable, dependable electricity.