A report prepared on behalf of The Clean Energy Group says that planning tools and policies are currently in place to ensure that the power sector can meet pending clean air rules without putting the electricity grid at risk.
The study, conducted by M.J. Bradley Associates and the Analysis Group, finds that the electric power industry is “well-positioned” to meet emission reductions set in the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards and the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule posed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The report also noted that five Independent System Operators have asked EPA to consider a reliability backstop for exceptional cases where units critical to grid operations need more time to comply with the mercury standard.
The report also finds that current electricity reserve margins are robust, as the North American Electric Reliability Corp. forecasts indicate nearly 150 GW of extra capacity in 2014 when reserve margins are projected to range from 28 to 40 percent nationwide above recommended targets.
The full report can be downloaded here.
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