BPU General Manager explains effect of soon to be implemented EPA regulations on utility

By Nick Gosnell
December 01, 2014

After numerous legal challenges, the Environmental Protection Agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule is going into effect the first of the year. What does that mean for the McPherson Board of Public Utilities?

BPU General Manager Tim Maier told the City Commission Monday, "We have three combustion turbines at Plant 2 and one at Plant 3.  We got two NOx credits for each machine at Plant 2 and we received 18  NOx credits (tons) for the unit at Power Plant number 3. So far this year, at Plant 2, we've used 20.6 credits. So, we're going to have to go out and try and purchase them."

Maier said that he thought that one of the benefits of the decision being delayed was that larger utilities had an opportunity to put in additional emission control measures, which may make NOx credits more available to smaller utilities like the BPU who didn't have the infrastructure capital to make those improvements as quickly.

Maier said, "One of the major concerns in 2012 was, there's not enough time to put pollution equipment on to get the levels low enough to meet the requirements. I think we're there today. Hopefully, this won't be a major issue for us."