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PE Volume 118 Issue 2
Power plants represent a large investment for any company, and once a plant is in place the focus should be on the best way to optimize and protect that investment.
The recent technology innovation that has allowed recovery of vast amounts of natural gas from shale deposits has resulted in very competitive (low) pricing of natural gas for use in electric power production.
Since the issue of the proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Coal Combustion Residual (CCR) rules in May 2010 and the Steam Electric Power Effluent Limitations Guidelines (ELG) in April 2013, utilities, power plants, technology providers, engineering firms and the EPA have been highly active in the review of technical alternatives and approximate costs to comply with the forthcoming regulations.
Keeping key boiler water and steam contaminants in check can help to ensure a safe and efficient process.
In October 2013, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) launched an important rulemaking initiative to establish a greenhouse gas (GHG) permitting program for the state of Texas and take over permitting authority from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
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