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New Houston NOx Rules: Implications and Solutions
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New regulations drastically cut the emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) allowed from industrial combustors in the Houston-Galveston area. The law creates a NOx allowance Cap and Trade system that offers opportunities for companies to combine technical and business solutions. This deserves the attention of corporate heads as well as facilities and environmental managers. To continue operating will require facilities to either install NOx controls or buy excess allowances from others under the trading system. Building or expanding facilities will also require buying or transferring allowances. Current operators can provide credits to this market if they control NOx more than required, reduce operations, or shut down emitting units. This paper reviews the regulatory issues, the technical options for compliance, and the workings of the Cap and Trade system, which Chem Systems / Nexant plans to model to project pricing outcomes over the next decade and help firms plan their strategies.
Cascone, R. (2002). New Houston NOx Rules: Implications and Solutions. Energy Systems Laboratory (http://esl.tamu.edu). Available electronically from