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Electric Utilities: Reasons for Change
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Reasons for Change

There are three major reasons electric power generators should consider when attempting to become more environmentally friendly:

  • Regulatory Incentives
    • Reduction in hazardous waste lead to conditionally exempt generator status under RCRA;
    • Reductions in air emissions lead to acid rain credits and streamline permitting. 
    • Reductions in Waste water discharges and polluting loading leads to reduced monitoring and reporting
    • Use of Environmental Management Systems may lead to regulatory flexibility;
    • Less disposal costs (in some cases).
  • Competitive Advantage
    • Deregulation requires utilities to cut costs and become competitive. Reduction in material usage and waste generation leads to cost savings;
    • Cleaner facilities result in fewer lost time incidents and other worker-related injuries;
    • Regulatory flexibility leads to reduced environmental compliance costs and overall operating expenses.
  • Public Relations
    • Customers are sensitive to the environment and ?greener? utilities may have an advantage;
    • Environmental stewardship leads to improved community relations.
    • Good public relations assist in permitting new or existing facilities.


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Hub Last Updated: 3/5/2009