The Clean Power Plan is a noble effort to address the concerns regarding climate change. The members of the Institute of Clean Air Companies have been actively involved in solving clean air problems for the energy sector for decades. As we review the building blocks of the proposed plan, we believe that achieving the goal of the first building block of 6% heat rate improvement will be technically very difficult.
The second building block can have an impact of negating the first building block by reducing capacity factors for coal plants and reducing heat rate. Power plants are tuned for optimum operation every day, and disrupting this through greater cycling and part load operation is certainly challenging.
At the same time our member companies have technologies that can dramatically reduce greenhouse emissions beyond-the-fence-line that can achieve dramatic reductions cost effectively and without jeopardizing grid reliability.
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