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Power Shortages Prompt Call For Environmental Policies To Address Greater Use Of On-Site Generation

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Power shortfalls throughout much of the country are likely to increase the use of on-site electricity generators, which one utility expert says will require the formation of a national policy to address the environmental consequences of the smaller power facilities.

Geoff Keith of M.J. Bradley and Associates told utility pollution control executives this week at a meeting sponsored by EPA and the utility industry in Tucson, AZ, that the prospect of electric power shortages will likely increase because of shrinking generation capacities.

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Lawmaker To Push Power Plant Emission Controls Outside Deregulation Debate

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TUCSON, Arizona -- Recent developments in California regarding the state's energy crisis are influencing the national legislative debate over electricity deregulation, with one key House lawmaker saying he plans to push multi-pollutant emission controls on power plants as a free-standing issue. Pallone had pushed identical provisions in the past as part of a broader package to deregulate the power industry.

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California Air Regulators Look At Ways To Ease Power Crisis

California air regulators are looking at ways to speed up environmental permits for power generation projects proposed by thirteen separate electric companies that state officials hope will ease the state's energy crisis. The proposals involve 30 electricity "peaking" projects that state officials expect to be online by the middle of June, according to sources.

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California Energy Officials Call For Delay In Power Plant Emission Controls

To avoid power outages in California, state energy officials are recommending that the legislature give Gov. Gray Davis authority to postpone the installation of emission reduction equipment at power plants across the state. The installation of the equipment, primarily intended to reduce nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, is a key requirement of many local air district clean-air plans to meet federal smog reduction requirements.

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Power Crisis Suspected Of Raising Utility Emissions

Amid efforts by utilities to respond to California's energy crisis, state air regulators are scrambling to track potential emission increases as power companies turn to relatively dirty diesel-powered generators to meet peak demands. State regulators suspect that many facilities are not reporting the use of higher-emitting generators, and a significant number may be violating their operating permits issued by local air districts.

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Bush Issues Call For National Energy Strategy

The development of a national energy policy has quickly emerged as a top priority for President-elect Bush with him warning that a looming energy crisis might force the U.S. economy into a recession. In his first meetings with congressional leaders and Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan since the election, Bush said he spent a great deal of time talking about energy and spokesperson for the Bush transition team has reportedly attributed U.S. reliance on foreign oil as a key cause of past economic problems.

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Leading Senate Democrat Vows To Fight Possible Bush Pick For DOE

Sen. Harry Reid (D-NY), the top Democrat on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and Senate minority whip, has vowed to fight President-elect Bush's potential selection of former Louisiana Democratic Sen. Bennett Johnston to head the Department of Energy (DOE), voicing concerns over Johnston's backing of a national nuclear waste disposal site.

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