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DOE Offers Technical Assistance on EPA Rules Implementation to States and the Utility Industry

February 3, 2012 - 2:55pm


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is offering technical assistance to state public utility commissioners, generation owner/operators, and utilities on implementing the new and pending EPA air rules affecting the electric utility industry. Examples of typical assistance include technical information on cost and performance of the various power plant pollution retrofit control technologies; technical information on generation, demand-side or transmission alternatives for any replacement power needed for retiring generating units;  and assistance to public utility commissions regarding any regulatory evaluations or approvals they may have to make on utility compliance strategies. 

EPA finalized its Mercury and Air Toxics Standards on December 16, 2011 and also has a pending Cross State Air Pollution Rule. Compliance strategies for both can often be similar or the same.

DOE offers a wealth of accumulated knowledge and expertise, not only through its many published reports and funded projects but also from its expert staff, national labs, and contractors in many areas of electricity use, generation, and delivery.

DOE's technical assistance to States and utilities on EPA air regulations implementation is part of a larger technical assistance service on state or regional electricity-related policies that DOE provides on an as-requested basis to State public utility commissions, State legislatures, regional State associations, regional transmission organizations/independent system operators, Federal officials, Governors' offices, State energy offices, and electric utilities.