December 22, 2010 | last updated May 30, 2012 12:50 am

Clean air regs wont' hamper electricity flow

The upcoming coal plant retirements and pollution control retrofits in the ISO New England power grid to meet new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clean air regulations won't have an impact on the electricity reliability in Connecticut or the region, a study by Boston-based consulting firm Charles River Associates found.

The study predicted retirements of 35 gigawatts of the region's coal plants by 2015, representing less than 5 percent of the area's total electric capacity. The report also found that the average age of a retired plant will be 55 years.

"We have modeled an aggressive policy representation of EPA's air regulations and found that, with prompt action and industry coordination, electric system reliability can be maintained," said Charles River Associates Vice President Ira Shavel in a statement.

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