The National Energy Act of 1978 included cogeneration as one of the leading strategies to help solve the nation's energy problems. As a result many new regulations have been formulated to encourage the development of industrial cogeneration facilities. These regulations are aimed at reducing oil imports, conserving nonrenewable resources, and preserving air quality. The electric utilities are uncertain whether the regulations will accomplish these goals. They are concerned that the regulations will lead to the proliferation of small industrial cogeneration facilities giving rise to increased air pollution and other adverse environmental impacts. The utilities are also concerned that, because of the way the regulations are written, they will discourage the electric utilities from fully participating in the cogeneration process.
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Hallaron, S.A. Legal and environmental concerns affecting electric utility involvement in cogeneration. GeoJournal 3, 71–79 (1981). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00205941
- Environmental Management
- Environmental Impact
- Environmental Concern
- Nonrenewable Resource