Archive of power sector regulations project

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Minnesota Public Utilities Commission, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Commerce are collaborating to gather necessary tools and information to help the State develop and plan to meet recent and upcoming electric utility sector rules (Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, new National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS), Mercury and Air Toxics Rule, Greenhouse Gas New Source Performance Standards (NSPS), Coal Combustion Residues Rule) in a coordinated and cost-effective way.

With assumptions defined in coordination between EPA and participants in the Power Sector Regulations Project, EPA will provide analytical resources (modeling and/or other appropriate technical assistance) that will:

  • Explore how compliance costs can be reduced by:
    • Integrating control strategies
    • Multi-pollutant strategies
    • Deploying energy efficiency/renewable energy/combined heat and power (CHP)
  • Examine reliability issues
  • Analyze air quality benefits and GHG impacts
  • Study employment impacts

Desired outcomes

  • Recommendations to the State for a process or plan that will lead covered sources to a responsible compliance strategy that meets all regulations, ensures reliability, mitigates costs and incorporates EE/RE/CHP.
  • An estimate of how compliance strategies will affect air quality in the state.
  • An estimate of how compliance strategies will affect greenhouse gas emissions in the state.
  • An estimate of how compliance strategies will affect the state economy.

Meeting documents

August 19, 2011

September 6, 2011

September 16, 2011

September 27, 2011

September 29, 2011


Contact information

Melissa Kuskie, 651-757-2512