Economic Efficiency of SOx Standards
John D. Keenan
AbstractThe economic efficiency of the SOx New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) is examined by comparing the costs to comply by flue gas desulfurization with a combination of low sulfur coal, physical coal cleaning, and smaller FGD systems. The analysis is performed on a site specific basis. In some instances, the NSPS were found to be inefficient. In such cases the NSPS increased costs between 1 and 8 percent. A number of implications for policy design are discussed.
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