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APPA offers webinar next week on New Source Performance Standards, in anticipation of CO2 regulations

From the January 8, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 8, 2014

By Heidi Lambert
Manager, Education
On Monday, Jan. 13, from 2 to 4 p.m. Eastern time, APPA will hold a webinar called "NSPS and You: For Public Power in Anticipation of CO2 Regulations."  
This webinar will discuss the Environmental Protection Agency's New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) rulemakings. 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 also will address states that have already reduced CO2 through statewide or multi-state efforts. 
On Sept. 20, President Obama and the EPA announced their plans to regulate new power plants for CO2 as part of the president's plan to address climate change. The proposed rule for new plants will be finalized by June 2014 and the EPA has said it will publish a proposed rule for existing power plants by then. The proposed rule for new plants was scheduled to be published in today's (Jan. 8) Federal Register. The agency expects to finalize the rule for existing power plants by June 2015. 
The upcoming months — before the rule for new plants is finalized — are a critical time for utilities to talk to their state environmental agencies (and perhaps to state utility regulators) about the NSPS rulemaking process. 
The webinar will be led by Doug Carter, who worked at the U.S. Department of Energy for 27 years and at the EPA for six years before going into private consulting. 
This webinar is designed for: 
    •    Utility environmental professionals; 
    •    Generation managers; 
    •    Utility professional tasked with long-term planning; 
    •    Utility professionals managing finance and bond issues; 
    •    Utility employees responsible for decisions on retrofit or retirements and fuel switching options; 
    •    Utility employees responsible for state regulatory or federal EPA regulatory issues; and 
    •    Joint action agency staff. 
Registration is limited to public power utilities, joint action agencies, state and regional associations and outside counsel to a specific electric utility.
The webinar is worth 0.2 continuing education units, 1.5 professional development hours and 1.5 continuing professional education credits.

For more information and to register, visit under Webinar Series or contact Meghan Riley at or 202/467-2919.


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