Update on Environmental Performance of
   Electric Generating Plants in Texas
                                            ...
Average Emission Rates of Nitrogen
                       Oxides from Existing Texas and
                       U.S. Power...
Texas’ Electric Generating Plants
                   Among Lowest NOx Emitters
                   in the Nation           ...
Texas Is Already Leading the Way
in Clean Power Plants

                        Texas has the largest emissions of any sta...
Texas’ Electric Generating Plants
                         Among Lowest SO2 Emitters
                         in the Natio...
1995-2008 Emission Rate Trends



                     Sulfur Dioxide              Nitrogen Oxides             Carbon Diox...
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Update on Environmental Performance of Electric Generating Plants in Texas

  1. 1. Update on Environmental Performance of Electric Generating Plants in Texas February 2, 2010 Legislative advertising paid for by: John W. Fainter, Jr. • President and CEO Association of Electric Companies of Texas, Inc. 1 1005 Congress, Suite 600 • Austin, TX 78701 • phone 512-474-6725 • fax 512-474-9670 • www.aect.net
  2. 2. Average Emission Rates of Nitrogen Oxides from Existing Texas and U.S. Power Plants 0.6 Nation 0.5 Texas 0.4 NOx (lb/MMBtu) 0.3 0.2 0.1 0 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 Notes: NOx Emission Rates for New Coal-Fired Power Plants range from 0.05 to 0.08 pounds per million Btu NOx Emission Rates for New Gas-Fired Power Plants are approx. 0.015 pounds per million Btu Source: EPA Acid Rain Database, 2008 2
  3. 3. Texas’ Electric Generating Plants Among Lowest NOx Emitters in the Nation NOx 0.800 0.700 Texas has the 9th 0.600 lowest average NOx NOx (lb/MMBtu) emissions rate. 0.500 0.400 0.300 U.S. Average- 0.222 lb/mmBtu 0.200 0.100 0.000 NJ ND NE OH UT IN TN IL FL NY NH NM MN WI WY DE SD KY PA MI MT MD OK AL MS MO WV GA IA LA NC VT WA NV OR TX MA ME RI ID KS CO DC VA AR AZ SC CT CA 3 EPA Acid Rain Database, 2008
  4. 4. Texas Is Already Leading the Way in Clean Power Plants Texas has the largest emissions of any state since it produces ~80% more power than the next ranked state. 0.247 0.395 OK 0.223 NM AR 0.156 0.103 LA TX 2008 NOx Emission Rate Averages Area (lbs/mmBtu) Over 80% of the fossil-fueled National 0.222 electricity produced in Texas Texas 0.103 comes from East Texas. Source: EPA Clean Air Markets Division – 2008 Acid Rain Program Data 4
  5. 5. Texas’ Electric Generating Plants Among Lowest SO2 Emitters in the Nation SO2 Rank 1.800 1.600 1.400 Texas has the 19th lowest average SO2 SO2 (lb/MMBtu) emissions rate. 1.200 1.000 0.800 U.S. Average- 0.600 0.564 lb/mmBtu 0.400 0.200 0.000 NJ OH IN ND NH TN NE IL FL NY UT MN NM WI DE WY MD PA GA MI AL WV KY MO SD NC IA MS MA TX OK LA MT OR NV ME WA VT RI ID VA SC DC KS AR CO AZ CT CA 5 EPA Acid Rain Database, 2008
  6. 6. 1995-2008 Emission Rate Trends Sulfur Dioxide Nitrogen Oxides Carbon Dioxide (SO2) (NOx) (CO2) lb./mmBtu lb./mmBtu lb./mmBtu Year Nation Texas Nation Texas Nation Texas 1995 1.086 0.517 0.551 0.313 206.44 159.58 1996 1.096 0.527 0.518 0.314 195.51 171.98 1997 1.093 0.523 0.509 0.310 194.06 172.20 1998 1.058 0.485 0.481 0.307 192.26 167.61 1999 0.999 0.481 0.440 0.286 193.45 168.78 2000 0.875 0.380 0.399 0.261 191.68 166.35 2001 0.843 0.385 0.373 0.221 189.81 165.98 2002 0.794 0.384 0.348 0.173 188.82 166.04 2003 0.815 0.390 0.320 0.142 189.96 171.26 2004 0.779 0.353 0.286 0.124 188.75 173.38 2005 0.753 0.349 0.268 0.116 187.18 166.51 2006 0.702 0.338 0.255 0.111 186.22 165.75 2007 0.644 0.321 0.237 0.103 184.90 166.56 2008 0.564 0.316 0.222 0.103 186.43 171.65 1995 - 2002 data are from the Acid Rain Program Scorecard Table B1 2003 - 2006 data are from the Clean Air Markets Division database for the Acid Rain Program 6
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