Blog   |   Nov 29th, 2012 Masterminding Air Act Compliance: A Guide for the Power Industry


Earlier this month, I joined my colleague Gale Hoffnagle, TRC’s Air Quality Practice Leader, in presenting a two part webinar series to help power generators understand their Clean Air Act compliance obligations and make the proper plans to meet them.

Understanding Today’s Clean Air Act Challenges

In the first webinar of the series, Gale delivered a presentation about the new and pending air regulations impacting the power industry.

Key takeaways include:

  • Know your emissions of SO2, NO2, PM2.5, and HAPs
  • Do preliminary modeling, so that you know the situation for compliance.
  • Decide whether ambient monitoring will help determine the accuracy of compliance.
  • Follow the implementation schedules and regulations in your State. The NAAQS will not change but the implementation may change.

Compliance with the Clean Air Act: Remove, Retrofit or Replace?

As a follow up to Gale’s presentation, I discussed the best courses of action for power plant owners once they understand their compliance obligations.

Key takeaways include:

  • Fuel economics, generation technology, energy efficiency and more stringent regulations are changing the U.S. generating fleet.
  • Gas turbine plants are winning in the power supply auctions and gaining market share from coal and oil fired steam plants.
  • Coal to low-sulfur coal and coal to gas switching are popular options.
  • Playbooks will help you understand the regulations, options for action and associated costs.

Hundreds of plants nationwide face possible closure due to the new and pending air regulations set to take effect over the next four years. How are you confronting these challenges to remain successful in your business? What are your best practices for compliance? Have you made a decision to remove, retrofit or replace?

Please leave a comment below to ask questions or share your best practices and creative solutions.

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Ed Malley

Ed Malley

Ed Malley is a Vice President at TRC with 25 years of technical, financial and legal experience in the environmental consulting and petrochemical industries. He currently leads TRC’s RE POWER™ Program for transforming aging power plants through retirement, retrofit or replacement. Previously, Ed managed TRC’s Exit Strategy program in the greater NYC area, and completed two major brownfield development projects on 30 acres of water front property, transforming these former power plant and industrial sites into mixed use developments. Prior to joining TRC, Ed was Director of Engineering for a large specialty chemical and petroleum company, where he managed the engineering, procurement and construction program for capital projects. He also restructured global operations, upgrading ten plants to modern standards and closing thirty plants for sale and beneficial reuse. Ed has Chemical Engineering, MBA and Law degrees and is admitted to practice law in NJ and NY. Contact Ed at