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California district limits power plant's emissions; senators reconsider strategy

By Juliet Eilperin

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District imposed the first mandatory limits in the U.S. on greenhouse gas emissions from a power plant Thursday as it issued an air pollution permit for a new Hayward, Calif. facility.

As Frank O'Donnell, president of Clean Air Watch, notes, "This is a very significant development - all the more important because action in Congress on global warming has stalled. This could become an important precedent. It shows that the current Clean Air Act can be used to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants."

Officials for Calpine Corp., which will build the 600-megawatt Russell City Energy Center, said they welcomed the new restrictions.

"Since our inception in 1984, Calpine has been an environmental leader investing in power plants that use modern emissions control technology and consistently outperform conventional fossil-fueled plants in curbing emissions that contribute to global warming," said Jack A. Fusco, Calpine president. "By utilizing these environmentally responsible technologies, at plants such as Russell City, Calpine will help meet California's growing demand for electricity while dramatically decreasing emissions."

At the same it appears some senators, such as Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), are mulling over a climate bill that would only target utlilities rather than an economy-wide measure. For the full story, go to Environment & Energy Daily's website.

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A bankrupt State acting like one.

Posted by: Bender2 | February 5, 2010 6:17 PM
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It's good to see that Calpine has cleaned up its act and seems to be doing so well. A few years ago it was widely linked to Enron, another energy trading company with a confusing balance sheet and dubious financial practices.

I wonder, however, if Bay Area residents and businesses will really get electricity at competitive rates from this plant. Or will they pay a huge penalty for "green" energy, with the bigger-than-normal profits accruing to Calpine and those politicians who benefit from "green" projects?

Posted by: JBaustian | February 5, 2010 3:52 PM
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Ban firewood now!

Posted by: brettze | February 5, 2010 3:51 PM
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We fought against the big offending polluters but we are soft on individual polluters who is every bit as bad and God help you if he is your dinky neighbor!!!

Posted by: brettze | February 5, 2010 3:50 PM
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We fought against the big offending polluters but we are soft on individual polluters who is every bit as bad and God help you if he is your dinky neighbor!!!

Posted by: brettze | February 5, 2010 3:50 PM
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We fought against the big offending polluters but we are soft on individual polluters who is every bit as bad and God help you if he is your dinky neighbor!!!

Posted by: brettze | February 5, 2010 3:49 PM
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We fought against the big offending polluters but we are soft on individual polluters who is every bit as bad and God help you if he is your dinky neighbor!!!

Posted by: brettze | February 5, 2010 3:48 PM
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California imported 20% of its electricity from coal fired powerplants in Nevada, Arizona or wherever ! It is so easy for California to boast about its lead in combatting greenhouse gas emissions. California still allows firewood burning, c'mon! Get real!

Posted by: brettze | February 5, 2010 3:47 PM
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California imported 20% of its electricity from coal fired powerplants in Nevada, Arizona or wherever ! It is so easy for California to boast about its lead in combatting greenhouse gas emissions. California still allows firewood burning, c'mon! Get real!

Posted by: brettze | February 5, 2010 3:42 PM
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California imported 20% of its electricity from coal fired powerplants in Nevada, Arizona or wherever ! It is so easy for California to boast about its lead in combatting greenhouse gas emissions. California still allows firewood burning, c'mon! Get real!

Posted by: brettze | February 5, 2010 3:41 PM
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California imported 20% of its electricity from coal fired powerplants in Nevada, Arizona or wherever ! It is so easy for California to boast about its lead in combatting greenhouse gas emissions. California still allows firewood burning, c'mon! Get real!

Posted by: brettze | February 5, 2010 3:41 PM
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Firewood is carbon !!! You dont know that??

Posted by: brettze | February 5, 2010 3:39 PM
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California imported 20% of its electricity from coal fired powerplants in Nevada, Arizona or wherever ! It is so easy for California to boast about its lead in combatting greenhouse gas emissions. California still allows firewood burning, c'mon! Get real!

Posted by: brettze | February 5, 2010 3:39 PM
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California imported 20% of its electricity from coal fired powerplants in Nevada, Arizona or wherever ! It is so easy for California to boast about its lead in combatting greenhouse gas emissions. California still allows firewood burning, c'mon! Get real!

Posted by: brettze | February 5, 2010 3:38 PM
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