EPA Public Health and Environmental Regulations: A Status Update
In this webinar presentation, Ken Colburn and David Farnsworth previewed the forthcoming RAP paper “Further Preparing for EPA Regulations.” They explored how public health and environmental considerations will need to increasingly factor into energy policy decisions, and vice versa. By engaging with utilities and environmental regulators on these topics, utility commissions will be able to evaluate a wider array of potential compliance options, and to strike a balance between cost and other policy goals. Mr. Colburn and Mr. Farnsworth reviewed new and pending public health and environmental regulations, including federal water, solid waste, and air regulations that will affect the energy sector, giving special attention to New Source Performance Standards for CO2. They encouraged state utility commissions, departments of environmental quality, and state energy offices to work together to identify and quantify the emissions reductions offered by the most affordable compliance options, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, and combined heat and power.