How environmental regulations are affecting industrial energy management strategies

Changes to boiler MACT and greenhouse gas regulations are discussed at an industrial forum.

By Paul Studebaker

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The Energy & Power Management Industry Forum at Automation Fair presented by Rockwell Automation began with an overview of how environmental regulations are affecting industrial energy management strategies presented by Diane Fischer, air quality control services area leader, Black & Veatch. Fischer's expertise is air quality control, advising industry on compliance. "There are any number of regulations we could discuss," she said, "but since our time is limited, we'll focus on new boiler maximum achievable control technology (MACT) and pending greenhouse gas [GHG] emissions regulations."

Fischer readily acknowledged that regulations are not a pleasant topic in industrial circles. "If you like sausage and respect the law, don't watch either of them being made. This is especially true of regulations," she said. Court cases lead to indecision, which makes it hard for industry to plan and develop strategies.

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