New EPA Rules
The increasing scope and stringency of environmental regulations continues to pose technical and financial challenges to the electric utility industry. These challenges are driving decisions to upgrade or retire existing coal-fired generating units, and are strongly influencing the planning of new generation projects. Accordingly, transmission infrastructure must be updated and expanded to allow access to new generation resources and to maintain overall reliability of the system. Given the number of existing regulations to be implemented and the expected likelihood of additional new requirements in the coming years, environmental issues will continue to have a major impact on the planning and operation of our system.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized a number of new regulatory programs in recent years that are focused on reducing air emissions from fossil fuel-fired generating units. These rules are driving the electric utility industry, including AEP, to retire, refuel and retrofit many existing coal plants.
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