NSPS and You: For Public Power in Anticipation of CO2 Regulations

December 16, 2013

2 - 4 p.m. ET

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Webinar Description

NSPS and You: For Public Power in Anticipation of CO2 Regulations

This webinar will address the background for New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) rulemakings and highlight special considerations. Additionally, the webinar will focus on six states as case studies. These will include heavy coal states with older coal-fired power plants, as well as some with newer coal-fired units. The presentation will also address states that have already reduced CO2 through their own state-wide efforts or formed multi-state efforts to reduce CO2.

For those who can’t participate on Dec. 16, this webinar will be offered a second time on Jan. 13, 2014.


Doug Carter was employed in a senior position at U.S. Department of Energy for 27 years and at the U.S. EPA for approximately six years before going into private consulting. He presented this material to APPA’s CEO Climate Change & Generation Policy Task Force in November and many of the attendees believed it was such a worthwhile presentation that we have asked Doug to present it as a webinar. Click here to view Doug’s bio.

Who Should Participate?

  • Utility environmental professionals
  • Generation managers
  • Utility professional tasked with long-term planning
  • Utility professionals managing finance & bond issues
  • Utility professionals responsible for decisions on retrofit or retirements and fuel switching options
  • Utility professionals responsible for state regulatory or Federal U.S. EPA regulatory liaison
  • Joint Action Agency staff

Registration is limited to public power utilities, joint action agencies, state and regional associations or outside counsel to a specific electric utility (with advance written notification from the electric utility to Theresa Pugh.) 


On September 20, President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced their plans to regulate new power plants for CO2 to address climate change. Read the proposed rule.

Following the promulgation of a new plant proposed rule, sometime in 2014, the EPA will publish a proposed rule for existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. While there is no certain date, the President’s announcement indicated that this proposed rule would be announced in the summer, 2014. (The existing plant proposed rule cannot be proposed until the new plant rule is finalized and published in the Federal Register).

Read this helpful guide to the Clean Air Act’s Section 111(d) process for existing plants.

The upcoming months are a critical time for utilities to contemplate how the existing plant proposed rule would be best suited for their utility and state and a good time for utility executives to talk to their state environmental agencies (and perhaps to PUCs) about the NSPS rulemaking process.

The U. S. EPA held “listening sessions” in six cities across the U.S. and is accepting comments from utilities and the public until mid-December. There is no official docket since there is no proposal yet. Click here to submit comments.

Suggested reading materials for the APPA webinar:

How to Participate

Cost is $89 for members and $179 for nonmembers

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If you need a username/password, please contact APPA's Web Department at Info@PublicPower.org.

Now offering CPE credits!
This webinar is worth 1.5 CPEs/.2 CEU/1.5 PDH credits.
CPE Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge and Applications

The certificate is only available to the person who registered for the webinar and attendance is confirmed by the webinar report log. Links to all presentations and an audio recording will be sent out shortly after the webinar occurs.

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To ensure topics of interest are covered sufficiently we encourage registrants to submit topics and questions prior to the webinar. Please submit questions/topics to EducationInfo@PublicPower.org .