The goal of the Cross-State Air Pollution Act is to reduce hazardous air pollutants.
On July 7, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), an addendum to the Clean Air Act, with the goal of reducing sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxide (NOX) emissions from power plants. These required emissions reductions would take effect in 2012, impact more than 1,000 U.S. power plants in 27 eastern states and could lead to a 35% increase (7.0 Bcf/d) in gas demand from power by 2014.
Platts' Market Alert, EPA Rule Would Stress Power, Gas Grids, relies heavily on the EPA’s Continuous Emissions Monitoring System (CEMS), which covers 97% of all oil, coal and natural gas-fired generation across the U.S. This Market Alert includes a summary of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule and how it might affect the natural gas and power industries over the next few years.