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The Impact of EPA’s New Proposed Limits on the U.S. Power Industry

Tawfiq M. Aljohani
Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA

Abstract—The demand on electric energy has greatly increased in the recent decades. Along with the modernization and industrialization that was enabled by electric power, concerns have been raised about the detrimental impacts of the toxic gases emitted by the power plants. The Environmental Protection Agency, in conjunction with recent official U.S. plans on climate change, has proposed new standards limits on the new planned coal and natural gas-fired power plants. If passed, this standard must be met in order for the plant to be licensed and go online to the grid. The work in this article is to analyze the motivation and impact of this proposed standard on the U.S. energy scenario. The current fossil fuel technologies have been investigated to determine which type of generation technology would need further improvements to meet the newly proposed regulation. Also, a discussion on the potential influence on the energy prices is also included based on the current energy trends.

Index Terms—environmental protection agency new standard limits, the future of energy, cap-and-trade market, carbon capture and storage, the energy prices, new coal-fired power plants

Cite: Tawfiq M. Aljohani, "The Impact of EPA’s New Proposed Limits on the U.S. Power Industry," International Journal of Electrical Energy, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 343-347, December 2014. doi: 10.12720/ijoee.2.4.343-347

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