1722State Regulations

1.7.2.2.1 Air Quality

Each state is responsible for implementing programs that conform to the mandates of the federal CAA and associated amendments. This has manifested as either the implementation of federal regulations or the promulgation of more stringent requirements for areas with severe air quality problems (e.g., Los Angeles). In both cases, the responsibility for these actions falls on air pollution control officials at the local level.

The potential for diverse state requirements can lead to inconsistent requirements that pose barriers or opportunities to the restructured electric utility industry. Differing requirements could allow generation companies to choose which state had the least stringent requirements, while the power could be transmitted to the demand location. Conversely, inconsistent or uncertain requirements might be an added incentive for construction of distributed generation capacity that has low air contaminant signatures and is therefore not subject to state permitting regulations.

1.7.2.2.2 Environmental Impacts of Government Decisions

Similar to NEPA requirements, 19 states have enacted laws that provide guidelines for state agencies to incorporate environmental factors into the decision process. Based on whether a DG project would require a state permit, a determination of environmental impacts of the DG project may be necessary.

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