NERC wants safety valve included in final CO2 rule
Houston, 2 April (Argus) — The US electric grid reliability watchdog wants the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to cut CO2 emissions from power plants to incorporate a “reliability safety valve” — compliance exceptions for reliability reasons.
The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) has two messages for federal environmental regulators working to finalize the CO2 reduction proposal, chief executive Gerry Cauley said yesterday at the Gulf Coast Power Association conference in Houston. The reliability agency this month will issue an assessment of EPA’s Clean Power Plant proposal “to get the message to the EPA of the realness of the physical limitations and time limitations of getting ready to meet the targets,” Cauley said.
The EPA will finalize the plan this summer.