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EPA will cause major disruptions of electrical grid, death, famine for 18 months
Getting ready for a wave of coal-plant shutdowns

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/getting-ready-for-a-wave-of-coal-plant-shutdowns/2011/08/19/gIQAzkZ0PJ_blog.html
By Brad Plumer Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 08/19/2011

Over the next 18 months, the Environmental Protection Agency will finalize a flurry of new rules to curb pollution from coal-fired power plants. Mercury, smog, ozone, greenhouse gases, water intake, coal ash—it’s all getting regulated. And, not surprisingly, some lawmakers are grumbling.

Industry groups such the Edison Electric Institute, which represents investor-owned utilities, and the American Legislative Exchange Council have dubbed the coming rules “EPA’s Regulatory Train Wreck.”

The regulations, they say, will cost utilities up to $129 billion and force them to retire one-fifth of coal capacity. Given that coal provides 45 percent of the country’s power, that means...

higher electric bills,
more blackouts and
fewer jobs.


The doomsday scenario has alarmed Republicans in the House, who have been scrambling to block the measures. Environmental groups retort that the rules will bring sizeable public health benefits, and that industry groups have been exaggerating the costs of environmental regulations since they were first created.

So, who’s right? This month, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, which conducts policy research for members of Congress, has been circulating a paper that tries to calmly sort through the shouting match. Thanks to The Hill’s Andrew Restuccia, it’s now available (PDF) for all to read. And the upshot is that CRS is awfully skeptical of the “train wreck” predictions.

First, the report agrees that the new rules will likely force the closure of many coal plants between now and 2017, although it’s difficult to know precisely how many. For green groups, that’s a feature, not a bug: Many of these will be the oldest and dirtiest plants around. About 110 gigawatts, or one-third of all coal capacity in the United States, came online between 1940 and 1969. Many of these plants were grandfathered in under the Clean Air Act, and about two-thirds of them don’t have scrubbers:

(FGD = Flue Gas Desulfurization, SCR = Selective Catalytic Reduction)

CRS notes that many of the plants most affected by the new EPA rules were facing extinction anyway: “Many of these plants are inefficient and are being replaced by more efficient combined cycle natural gas plants, a development likely to be encouraged if the price of competing fuel—natural gas—continues to be low, almost regardless of EPA rules.”

Still, that’s a lot of plants. Won’t this wreak havoc on the grid? Not necessarily, the CRS report says, although the transition won’t be simple. For one, most of these plants don’t provide as much baseload power as it appears on first glance—pre-1970 coal plants operating without emissions controls are in use, on average, only about 41 percent of the time. Second, the report notes that “there is a substantial amount of excess generation capacity at present,” caused by the recession and the boom in natural gas plants. Many of those plants can pitch in to satisfy peak demand. Third, electric utilities can add capacity fairly quickly if needed — from 2000 to 2003, utilities added more than 200 gigawatts of new capacity, far, far more than the amount that will be lost between now and 2017.

Granted, those upgrades and changes won’t be free. The CRS report doesn’t try to independently evaluate the costs of the new rules, noting that they will depend on site-specific factors and will vary by utility and state. (Matthew Wald recently wrote a helpful piece in The New York Times looking at how utilities might cope.) But, the report says, industry group estimates are almost certainly overstated. For one, they were analyzing early EPA draft proposals, and in many cases, the agency has tweaked its rules to allay industry concerns. And many of the EPA’s rules are almost certain to get bogged down in court or delayed for years, which means that utilities will have more time to adapt than they fear.

The CRS report also agrees with green groups that the benefits of these new rules shouldn’t be downplayed. Those can be tricky to quantify, however. In one example, the EPA estimates that an air-transport rule to clamp down on smog-causing sulfur dioxide and nitrogen dioxide would help prevent 21,000 cases of bronchitis and 23,000 heart attacks, and save 36,000 lives. That’s, at the high end, $290 billion in health benefits, compared with $2.8 billion per year in costs (according to the EPA) by 2014. “In most cases,” CRS concludes, “the benefits are larger.”

Granted, few would expect this report to change many minds in Congress. Just 10 days ago, Michele Bachmann was on the campaign trail promising that if she becomes president, “I guarantee you the EPA will have doors locked and lights turned off, and they will only be about conservation.” That doesn’t sound like someone who’s waiting for a little more data before assessing the impact of the new regulations.

By Brad Plumer  |  12:19 PM ET, 08/19/2011
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Just like Nixon's Deathcare (predecessor to Obamacare). Less healthcare for more money. Now, during a depression not seen since the 1920's according to the MSM...they are going to allow less energy at higher prices.

THIS IS THE IMPERIAL MODEL, THIS IS THE NEW WORLD ORDER...YOU PAY MORE MONEY FOR LESS SERVICES AND THOSE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE JUST DIE FROM COLD/HEAT/LACK OF FOOD/SHELTER DUE TO TECHNOCRATS DECIDING HOW MUCH ENERGY THE SLAVES ARE ALLOWED OVER THE NEXT 18 MONTHS. WTF IS WRONG WITH THESE PSYCHOS!
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Just like Nixon's Deathcare (predecessor to Obamacare). Less healthcare for more money. Now, during a depression not seen since the 1920's according to the MSM...they are going to allow less energy at higher prices.

THIS IS THE IMPERIAL MODEL, THIS IS THE NEW WORLD ORDER...YOU PAY MORE MONEY FOR LESS SERVICES AND THOSE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE JUST DIE FROM COLD/HEAT/LACK OF FOOD/SHELTER DUE TO TECHNOCRATS DECIDING HOW MUCH ENERGY THE SLAVES ARE ALLOWED OVER THE NEXT 18 MONTHS. WTF IS WRONG WITH THESE PSYCHOS!
Right, and you know what the real kicker is going to be?  THE POVERTY LINE WILL BE ANYONE WHO MAKES LESS THAN MILLIONS OF DOLLARS PER YEAR--WHICH IS LIKE 98+% OF Americans, AT THE VERY LEAST.

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All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately

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As readers here know from Noel Sheppard's report last night, at yesterday's annual GE shareholder meeting, CEO Jeffrey Immelt was challenged on the subject of media bias at GE-owned NBC, CNBC and MSNBC.
  America, The National Broadcasting Company is in bed with the Obama administration.  What all of this means is that you can not trust a word that comes from NBC News or their sister station, MSNBC. They are now on par with the Russian Communist newspapers, Prada and Izvestia. As a result, these two organizations have lost all credibility as a legitimate news gathering source!: DR. Forest Lewis

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BTW...

General Electric is exempt of course....

http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/02/obama-issues-global-warming-rules-january-gives-ge-exemption-febr
"CORRECTION: My headline on this blog post originally stated that GE itself was getting an exemption, which is not correct. GE is slated to provide the turbines for the power plant, which is being grandfathered-in. The body of the blog post was accurate. See GE's response here."

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/02/obama-issues-global-warming-rules-january-gives-ge-exemption-febr#ixzz1Vbc8ggmM

http://www.gereports.com/setting-the-record-straight-epa-waiver/

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"CORRECTION: My headline on this blog post originally stated that GE itself was getting an exemption, which is not correct. GE is slated to provide the turbines for the power plant, which is being grandfathered-in. The body of the blog post was accurate. See GE's response here."

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/blogs/beltway-confidential/2011/02/obama-issues-global-warming-rules-january-gives-ge-exemption-febr#ixzz1Vbc8ggmM

http://www.gereports.com/setting-the-record-straight-epa-waiver/


I do not know why GE even bothers to make these corrections when their plethora of crimes including assisting Hitler, Mao, and Stalin in the extermination of over 100 million is well documented.
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http://bdtonline.com/local/x552315126/Coal-fired-plant-to-close-AEP-announces-Glen-Lyn-facility-among-those-slated-to-be-retired

June 10, 2011
Coal-fired plant to close — AEP announces Glen Lyn facility among those slated to be retired

By BILL ARCHER Bluefield Daily Telegraph

GLEN LYN, Va. —  Appalachian Power’s coal-fired plant at Glen Lyn is among the power plants that American Electric Power will retire by the end of December 2014 in order to meet new emissions standards established by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Michael G. Morris, AEP chairman and chief executive officer was quoted in a prepared statement that AEP supports regulations that achieve long-term environmental benefits, “but the cumulative impacts of the EPA’s current regulatory path have been vastly underestimated, particularly in Midwest states dependent on coal to fuel their economies.”

AEP projects that closing the Glen Lyn plant will result in the loss of 44 jobs, according to AEP spokesperson Melissa McHenry. “AEP will do what it can to relocate employees at other power plants in the system, but Glen Lyn is by itself and not close to any other power plants like, for example, the ones on the Ohio River.”

She said that AEP has been successful in reducing harmful emissions from its coal-fired power plants, but said the EPA’s regulations will have an adverse impact in the areas served by AEP. “We think the EPA’s regulations will have an adverse costly impact on the communities,” she said. “What we’re seeking is balance.”

Other plants slated for retirement on Dec. 31, 2014 in addition to Glen Lyn include the Kammer Plant in Moundsville, the Kanawha River Plant in Glasgow, the Phillip Sporn Plant in New Haven, the Picway Plant in Lockbourne, Ohio, two units of the Big Sandy Plant in Louisa, Ky., one unit of the Clinch River Plant in Cleveland, Va., one unit of the Conesville Plant in Conesville, Ohio, two units of the Muskingum River Plant in Beverly, Ohio, three units of the Tanners Creek Plant in Lawrenceburg, Ind., and one unit of the Welsh Plant in Pittsburg, Texas.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., was quick to note that AEP’s announcement points to the urgency to “rein in government agencies like the EPA, preventing them from overstepping their bounds and imposing regulations that not only cost us good American jobs, but hurt our economy.”

U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith, R. Va., said: “The cost of complying with these (EPA) regulations is closing one plant in the 9th District and reducing generation at another,” he was quoted as stating in a press release. “Why can’t the EPA recognize that their actions kill jobs and destroy the economy not only in Southwest Virginia but nationwide?”

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin called EPA “out of Touch” with the far-reaching implications of their regulations.

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EPA Getting Ready to Begin Shutting Down Coal Plants Soon
« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2011, 10:06:15 am »
Getting ready for a wave of coal-plant shutdowns
By Brad Plumer

Over the next 18 months, the Environmental Protection Agency will finalize a flurry of new rules to curb pollution from coal-fired power plants. Mercury, smog, ozone, greenhouse gases, water intake, coal ash—it’s all getting regulated. And, not surprisingly, some lawmakers are grumbling.

Industry groups such the Edison Electric Institute, which represents investor-owned utilities, and the American Legislative Exchange Council have dubbed the coming rules “EPA’s Regulatory Train Wreck.” The regulations, they say, will cost utilities up to $129 billion and force them to retire one-fifth of coal capacity. Given that coal provides 45 percent of the country’s power, that means higher electric bills, more blackouts and fewer jobs. The doomsday scenario has alarmed Republicans in the House, who have been scrambling to block the measures. Environmental groups retort that the rules will bring sizeable public health benefits, and that industry groups have been exaggerating the costs of environmental regulations since they were first created.

So, who’s right? This month, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, which conducts policy research for members of Congress, has been circulating a paper that tries to calmly sort through the shouting match. Thanks to The Hill’s Andrew Restuccia, it’s now available (PDF) for all to read. And the upshot is that CRS is awfully skeptical of the “train wreck” predictions.

First, the report agrees that the new rules will likely force the closure of many coal plants between now and 2017, although it’s difficult to know precisely how many. For green groups, that’s a feature, not a bug: Many of these will be the oldest and dirtiest plants around. About 110 gigawatts, or one-third of all coal capacity in the United States, came online between 1940 and 1969. Many of these plants were grandfathered in under the Clean Air Act, and about two-thirds of them don’t have scrubbers:

More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/getting-ready-for-a-wave-of-coal-plant-shutdowns/2011/08/19/gIQAzkZ0PJ_blog.html
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Re: EPA Getting Ready to Begin Shutting Down Coal Plants Soon
« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2011, 10:07:05 am »
We should be shutting down the EPA
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Re: EPA Getting Ready to Begin Shutting Down Coal Plants Soon
« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2011, 10:08:53 am »
Utilities warn of higher rates because of pollution rules

By Thomas Content of the Journal Sentinel

Two state utilities said this week new federal pollution rules will lead to higher electricity costs come January.

Wisconsin Public Service Corp. of Green Bay said its residential customers can expect an increase of more than $4 a month next year, including about $2 linked to the new rules designed to limit air pollution from coal-fired power plants.

The utility said it would see higher costs of about $32.6 million in 2012 from the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule that was finalized recently by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That will result in rates going up by 6.8% instead of 3.4%, the utility said.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last month finalized stronger regulations for Wisconsin and 26 other states aimed at curbing air pollution from long-distance sources.

More: http://www.jsonline.com/business/128109718.html
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Re: EPA Getting Ready to Begin Shutting Down Coal Plants Soon
« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2011, 10:11:50 am »
New EPA rule could lead to rolling blackouts in Texas, PUC chairwoman says

By Jack Z. Smith

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The head of the Texas Public Utility Commission expressed concern Friday that a new federal air quality rule, set to take effect Jan. 1, will cause disruptions in electric service.

If implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule is not delayed, "I have no doubt in my mind that this rule will result in reliability issues and rolling outages in Texas," Donna Nelson said at the start of the commission's meeting.

The rule, issued in early July by the Environmental Protection Agency, would require substantial reductions in emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide at power plants in 27 states.

The EPA says the rule will save and prolong lives by reducing harmful smog and soot pollution. Gina McCarthy, an EPA assistant administrator, said in a previous statement that power plants in the state "will be able to cut their pollution without jeopardizing reliable electricity service for Texans."

Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/08/19/3301808/new-epa-rule-could-lead-to-rolling.html#ixzz1Vg0Ue5Pe
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Re: EPA Getting Ready to Begin Shutting Down Coal Plants Soon
« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2011, 11:36:01 am »
U.K. Same Deal:

Green tax hike hits businesses
21 August 2011
, by Rowena Mason (The Telegraph)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/8713691/Green-tax-hike-hits-businesses.html

Green taxes will make up more than a third of the price of electricity by the end of the decade, pushing up prices to new highs by 2020.


Ofgem to investigate energy giants’ profits
21 August 2011
, by Rowena Mason (The Telegraph)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/energy/8713686/Ofgem-to-investigate-energy-giants-profits.html

Forensic accountants from BDO have been brought in by Ofgem to scrutinise how the Big Six energy suppliers calculate their profits.


Get ready for more shocks from soaraway utility bills
28 March 2011
, by Jeremy Warner (The Telegraph)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/comment/jeremy-warner/8412069/Get-ready-for-more-shocks-from-soaraway-utility-bills.html

"I am frequently told by businesses and the tax profession about the importance of predictability, stability and simplicity in the tax system", said David Gauke, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, in last summer's official Government report on tax reform, "Tax policy making: a new approach".


Budget 2011: £10bn oil industry tax grab wipes £2bn off shares
24 March 2011
, by Rowena Mason (The Telegraph)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/budget/8402612/Budget-2011-10bn-oil-industry-tax-grab-wipes-2bn-off-shares.html

Almost £2bn was wiped off the market values of North Sea oil and gas producers on Wednesday, after the Government announced a shock £10bn tax grab over the next five years.
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http://www.star-telegram.com/2011/08/19/3301808/new-epa-rule-could-lead-to-rolling.html

New EPA rule could lead to rolling blackouts in Texas, PUC chairwoman says
Posted Friday, Aug. 19, 2011

The head of the Texas Public Utility Commission expressed concern Friday that a new federal air quality rule, set to take effect Jan. 1, will cause disruptions in electric service.

If implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule is not delayed, "I have no doubt in my mind that this rule will result in reliability issues and rolling outages in Texas," Donna Nelson said at the start of the commission's meeting.

The rule, issued in early July by the Environmental Protection Agency, would require substantial reductions in emissions of nitrogen oxides and sulfur dioxide at power plants in 27 states.

The EPA says the rule will save and prolong lives by reducing harmful smog and soot pollution. Gina McCarthy, an EPA assistant administrator, said in a previous statement that power plants in the state "will be able to cut their pollution without jeopardizing reliable electricity service for Texans."

But Dallas-based power generator Luminant says it doesn't have enough time to comply and has asked that the EPA delay implementation.

The company says the industry's standard time frame for installing emission controls is several years, but the rule requires compliance in six months. So Luminant, a subsidiary of Energy Future Holdings, has said it may have to shut down some coal-fired power plants in East Texas.

"Curtailing plant and/or mine operations will be the only option" if the 1,323-page rule goes into effect as planned, Luminant said.

In an Aug. 4 letter to the EPA, Nelson said that the new rule is "overly burdensome" and that the federal agency "has ignored the effects of local transmission constraints when considering the impact of generating-plant retirements on electric reliability." Nelson became the PUC's chairwoman after former Commissioner Barry Smitherman was appointed to the Texas Railroad Commission last month.

PUC Commissioner Kenneth Anderson said Friday that the tight implementation schedule for the rule "will be impossible to meet" and urged that the state agency "file comments with the EPA asking them to, at the very least, extend the compliance deadline."

For the short term, Texas' power grid continues to be taxed by exceptionally high temperatures that have led to record-high electricity demand this summer, the PUC was told Friday by Mike Cleary, senior vice president and chief operating officer for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

Cleary said power supplies could be tight next week with schools reopening and adding about 1,500 megawatts of additional demand.

ERCOT set an electricity demand record of 68,294 megawatts on Aug. 3.

Oncor rate hike

In other action Friday, the PUC approved a rate increase for Oncor Electric Delivery, the chief electric transmission and distribution company serving North Texas.

A portion of the increase took effect July 1. When fully implemented Jan. 1, it's expected to raise the electric bill of a typical residential customer by about $1.60 per month.

The increase will boost Oncor's annual revenue an estimated $136.7 million, far less than the $350 million increase the company was seeking when it filed its request in January.

The settlement was supported by Oncor and interveners in the rate case, including the Steering Committee of Cities Served by Oncor, a group that includes Fort Worth, Arlington and other Tarrant County cities.