Comments due by July 29 on proposed CO2 regulations in New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on May 17 said that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has released proposed regulations to require all power plants in the state to meet new emissions limits for carbon dioxide (CO2).

The regulations will achieve Cuomo’s goal to end the use of coal in New York power plants by 2020, the statement noted.

The proposed regulations will tighten the state’s CO2 Performance Standards for Major Electric Generating Facilities by establishing CO2 emission rate requirements for existing major electric generating facilities, according to the statement. That will ensure the state’s remaining coal-fired power plants transition to cleaner and alternative energy sources or shut down by 2020, according to the statement.

The proposal appeared in the state register on May 16, and comments will be accepted through July 29, according to the statement, which also noted that three public hearings on the regulations are scheduled for July 16 in Albany; July 18 in Long Island City; and July 24 in Avon.

According to the “Express Terms Part 251, CO2 Performance Standards for Major Electric Generating Facilities,” owners or operators of a source of one of these types – boilers that are permitted to fire greater than 70% fossil fuel; combined cycle combustion turbines; or stationary internal combustion engines that fire only gaseous fuel – except for those emission sources directly attached to a gasifier, are required to meet an emission rate of 925 pounds of CO2 per MWh gross electrical output (output-based limit) or 120 pounds of CO2 per million Btu of input (input-based limit).

Also, owners or operators of a source of one of these types – simple cycle combustion turbines or stationary internal combustion engines that fire either liquid fuel or liquid and gaseous fuel simultaneously – except for those emission sources directly attached to a gasifier, are required to meet an emission rate of 1,450 pounds of CO2 per MWh gross electrical output (output-based limit) or 160 pounds of CO2 per million Btu of input (input-based limit), according to the document.

Among other things, the document also noted that the owner or operator is to submit to the Department a compliance certification in support of each quarterly report based on reasonable inquiry of those persons with primary responsibility for ensuring that all of the emission source’s emissions are correctly and fully monitored.

Electric vehicles

In other energy news, Cuomo separately announced a $4.2m expansion plan to install more high-speed electric vehicle (EV) charging stations along the New York State Thruway, which will allow electric car owners to drive the length of the state without having to exit to recharge, according to a May 9 statement from Cuomo’s office.

Cuomo has set a goal for the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40% by 2030, the statement noted.

As part of Cuomo’s Charge NY 2.0 EV initiative, the New York State Thruway Authority is partnering with the New York Power Authority to install the new fast-charging stations at Thruway service areas and Thruway owned commuter parking lots over the next two years, the statement noted.

The initiative will help New York achieve its goal of installing 10,000 charging stations by 2021, and further the governor’s Reforming the Energy Vision, which, according to its website, is Cuomo’s energy strategy for New York that is designed to help consumers make more informed energy choices, develop new energy products and services, and protect the environment, while creating new jobs and economic opportunity.

Since Charge NY was launched in 2013, the number of public charging stations has grown to more than 2,000 statewide, according to the May 9 statement. The new expansion plan puts New York within reach of Cuomo’s 2018 goal of 3,000 charging stations across the state, the statement noted, adding that those infrastructure enhancements also support the state’s leadership role in the multi-state, zero-emission vehicle plan that calls for EV sales to reach about 800,000 by 2025 in New York.

According to a May 2014 statement from Cuomo’s office, under the Multi-State Zero-Emission Vehicles (ZEV) Action Plan, eight states – New York, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont – set a goal to have 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on U.S. roads by 2025.

According to Cuomo’s May 9 statement, the new installations are an expansion of a trial program that brought fast chargers to four Mid-Hudson Valley service areas – Plattekill and Malden on the northbound Thruway, and Ulster and Modena on its southbound side, all in Ulster County. Over the next several years, chargers will be installed at the remaining 23 service areas, the statement noted.

The first phase of the EV charger expansion project involves installing two medium-speed (Level 2) charging stations at 13 Thruway-owned commuter parking lots, according to the statement. The Level 2 chargers, which take four to eight hours to charge, are geared to commuters who are able to leave their cars parked during the day, the statement noted, adding that this phase will also bring higher-speed (Level 3) fast chargers to nine Thruway service areas to accommodate a wide variety of electric vehicles; Level 3 chargers can fully charge an electric vehicle in 30 minutes or less.

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