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In an attempt to comply with new strict air quality regulations, companies have cut back on their use of coal and have instead been using natural gas to generate electrical power in U.S. power plants. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), from March 2011 to March 2012, power plants in the U.S. increased natural gas consumption by 40%.

With the many new regulations targeting air pollution and specific chemicals released into the air, coal is not the cheap alternative anymore. In fact, a natural gas plant can comply with the EPA’s proposed standards at a much lower cost than a coal plant. This is because in order for a coal-fired plant to comply with new regulations, they must install CCS technology, or carbon capture and storage technologies, which can cost up to twice as much as energy generated through natural gas. Clearly, natural gas is the cheaper, safer and more efficient way to generate electrical power.

Recently, Nationwide Boiler was involved in a coal-to-gas plant conversion at Duke University. We provided two rental boilers throughout the project to provide supplemental steam to the plant. Overall, the conversion of Duke’s steam plants has helped the University take a significant step towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2024. To learn more about the project, click here to read our case study.

Source: Natural Gas & Coal Square Off, by Lindsay Morris. Power Engineering Magazine.

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The U.S. EPA published the National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Major Sources: Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Boilers and Process Heaters; Final Rule Jan. 31 in the Federal Register. This has started the clock for compliance with the rule. Existing structures will have until Jan. 31, 2016 to comply with the rule, while new sources had until Jan. 31, 2013 or the startup date, whichever is later, to comply with the rule.

The Boiler MACT Rule requires owners of industrial, commercial and institutional boilers to comply with the EPA’s standards for air pollutants, including mercury. It will affect 1,700 existing major source facilities with an estimated 14,316 boilers and process heaters. The EPA also estimates an additional 1,844 new boilers and process heaters to be subject to the final rule over the next three years.

Click here to read more about recent air quality updates from the EPA:

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On February 4-6, 2013 Nationwide Boiler will travel to Doha, Qatar to exhibit at the annual Power-Gen Middle East Tradeshow, Booth 6L11. Please stop by to visit with our Business Development Manager, Bill Testa, and discuss our immediate boiler solutions and our CataStak™ SCR applications for boilers and fired heaters.
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