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A Summary of Utilities' Positions Regarding the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990
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This paper summarizes information from the electric utilities in Texas concerning their preliminary plans for compliance with the 1990 Amendments to the Clean Air Act. Enactment of the amendments resulted in a new two phase, market-based allowance system for clean air compliance. Essentially all fossil fuel-fired generating units operated by electric utilities in Texas are affected by the 1990 Amendments. The utilities intend to adopt strategies which would provide sufficient emission allowances to operate existing and planned units through reduction of emissions on existing units or through purchase allowances. The utilities will be able to take advantage of various bonus allowance provisions in the Act, and any excess allowances acquired will be banked for use against future generating requirements. The utilities plan to treat any additional capital or operating costs incurred as a result of compliance with the Act as necessary cost of service expenses, recoverable from the ratepayer.
SubjectClean Air Act 1990 Amendments
Nalepa, K. J. (1992). A Summary of Utilities' Positions Regarding the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.eslwin.tamu.edu). Available electronically from