Environmental Regulation and Electric System Reliability
Environmental Regulation and Electric System Reliability summarizes the current state of knowledge about challenges facing the electric power sector as it seeks to maintain reliability without jeopardizing important process on public health and environmental protections. The report assesses the possible impacts of regulation and identifies the range of strategies available to ensure a smooth transition. BPC has developed a number of findings and recommendations building on our own analytic work, our review of a range of existing analyses, and the expert presentations and public dialogue at the workshop series the BPC hosted with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management (NESCAUM).
Click to view videos and presentations from each workshop. Over the course of several months, the BPC collaborated NARUC and NESCAUM to host three day-long workshops. These workshops featured presentations and panel discussions by nearly 60 energy experts, including representatives of the electric utility industry, environmental organizations, labor unions, state regulators, regional transmission organizations, federal agencies, and Congressional staff, and informed the report.
- Power Sector Environmental Regulations Workshop One framed the issues in the debate and provided background on upcoming regulations for the power sector.
- Reliability Impacts of Power Sector Developments Workshop Two delved into analysis of the power sector impacts under various scenarios of EPA regulation stringency and timing, as well as a range of conditions for key variables such as natural gas price, and electricity demand.
- Local, State, Regional, & Federal Solutions Workshop Three focused on local, state, regional, and federal policy options to accommodate the expected power sector transition. Panels explored state regulator and utility planning; options for local, state, and regional coordination; and federal regulatory and legislative options.
- EPA’s Electric Utility MACT rule (March 24, 2011)