New clean air rules could force up to 500 U.S. coal plants to shut spurring billions of dollars in construction of cleaner plants to replace them, according to a study.For more on E3, click here.
Pollution laws including the Clean Air Interstate Rule that caps emissions of smog components sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides (NOX and SOX) could shut the plants in 25 states, according to the study by Colorado-based E3 Consultants, which advises energy companies.
The study, which was funded by E3, said that capital and construction costs to build cleaner new plants could reach well over $50 billion over the next five or 10 years.
Jim Short, one of the report's authors, said states most hit would be Texas and most of the states east of the Mississippi.
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