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ELP Volume 80 Issue 7
On June 13, 2002, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released recommended changes to New Source Review (NSR), the major air pollution permitting program that applies to most power plant projects. It appears that the recommended changes would not significantly affect new plants, but could make it easier for existing plants to perform maintenance and improvement projects without triggering new pollution control requirements.
The news was both stark and shocking: The sudden collapse of a huge shelf of Antarctic ice into the sea, described by scientists as "staggering," re-ignited fears of global warming and its knock-on effects.
The increased dependence of modern industry on reliable power has shifted the site selection criteria from "available capacity" to "capacity and reliability." As such, industrial concerns have begun to evaluate energy suppliers on their ability to meet their reliability needs.
The writing is on the wall: Texas is the hands-down deregulation leader. No one is disputing that. In fact, consultants XENERGY recently sent out a release declaring Texas the "king of retail electric competition" in the U.S.
Atmos Energy Corp. is launching a new self-service Web site to help nearly 770 energy assistance agencies across its 11-state service area assist low-income customers in paying their natural gas bills.
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