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Mercury Issues

November 16, 2006 - The Electric Power Generation Association (EPGA) submitted additional comments on November 9th to the Independent Regulatory Review Commission (IRRC) on the final Environmental Quality Board (EQB) regulation (#7-405) reducing mercury emissions from power plants. Click here, here, and here to see the comments and supporting attachments submitted. Douglas L. Biden, President, EPGA also gave summary comments to the IRRC at their meeting on November 16 before a vote was taken of the Commission.

November 16, 2006 - Douglas L. Biden, President of the Electric Power Generation Association responded to the 3 to 2 vote by the Independent Regulatory Review Commission to approve a mercury reduction plan proposed by the Department of Environmental Protection. Click here for the press release.

September 12, 2006 - DEP Mercury Rule Imposes Twice the Cost on Customers and Electric Generators with No Added Benefits. To see the testimony given to the House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee Click Here.

September 12, 2006 - "High Cost and No Benefit - DEP's Proposed Mercury Emissions Reduction Rule" Testimony of Douglas L. Biden, President EPGA, Before the House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee. For full testimony click here.

July 26, 2006 - Douglas L. Biden of the Electric Power Generation Association presented comments today before the Environmental Quality Board on changes to Chapter 123, Regulating Mercury Emissions from Power Plants.

May 16, 2006 - A labor and industry coalition responds to the May 16 request by the Environmental Quality Board (EQB) for public comments on the DEP mercury rule. The coalition believes the DEP rule will cost Pennsylvania jobs, increase the cost of electricity and offer no greater protection for children's health. Click here to read the full press release.

April 25, 2006 - Electric Power Generation Association (EPGA) President Douglas L. Biden testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee regarding the Associations perspective on Mercury Emissions From Coal-Fired Power Plants. Click here for the full testimony.

April 18, 2006 - Pennsylvania State Senators Mary Jo White (R-Venango) and Raphael J. Musto (D-Luzerne) introduced bi-partisan legislation in the state Senate to reduce mercury emissions from coal-fired power plants. Click here for a copy of the press release.

April 18, 2006 - Business, Labor & Coal Industry coalition announced support for bipartisan legislation in the Senate and House which would dramatically reduce power plant mercury emissions, protect public health and not threaten Pennsylvania jobs. Click here for the full release.

February 23, 2006 - Electric Power Generation Association President Douglas L. Biden testified before the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee regarding the Associations perspective on Mercury Emissions and Controls. Click here for the full testimony. For a copy of the news release Click Here.

California

Electric Reliability and the California Crisis
The remarks were presented before the Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee by EPGA President Douglas L. Biden on March 7, 2001. Click here for the full text of the testimony.

California Power Crisis not Caused by Deregulation

PDF: Comparison of California's Electric Power Situation to Pennsylvania

California-Style Power Crisis Unlikely in the Commonwealth

EPGA OPINION: "The California Power Crisis - Can it happen in Pennsylvania?" by EPGA President, Doug Biden.

"The California Meltdown" - by Dr. William W. Hogan, Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Public Policy and Administration at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Conferences

The Electric Power Generation Association (EPGA) will once again host the 2006 Power Generation Conference, September 7 & 8, 2006 at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Conference is open to all interested parties!!

If you need the very latest information on the ever-evolving Power Generation industry, don't miss this important and informative technical conference. CLICK HERE FOR CONFERENCE DETAILS and be sure to Mark your calendars for September 7 & 8, 2006 in Hershey, PA.

2006 EPGA Power Generation Conference

The Electric Power Generation Association held its Power Generation Committee Conference September 7 & 8, 2006 at the Hershey Lodge & Convention Center in Hershey, PA. Click here for Conference Highlights.

2005 EPGA Power Generation Conference

The Electric Power Generation Association held its Power Generation Committee Conference September 7 & 8, 2005 at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. Click here for Conference Highlights.

2003 EPGA Power Generation Conference

The Electric Power Generation Association held its Power Generation Committee Conference, October 28 - 29, 2003 at the Holiday Inn - Baltimore Washington International Airport in Linthicum, Maryland. The theme of this conference was Generation Asset Optimization - Achieving Excellence in Knowledge and Operations. We conducted two information-packed sessions including presentations on environmental compliance, technical operation strategies, human resource issues and asset optimization. The attendees were also provided the option of participating in a tour of the Mirant Service Center in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Click Here for the Conference Highlights including Selected Presentations from the sessions.

2002 EPGA Power Generation Conference

The Electric Power Generation Association held its 3rd Annual Power Generation Conference, October 16 -17, 2002 at the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania. We conducted a plenary session and two information-packed breakout sessions by our Environmental Policy and Power Generation Committees.

Electric Reliability

May 24, 2006 - Presentation to PaPUC on Summer Reliability Assessment, May 24, 2006 Click here for the full Power Point presentation.

June 7, 2005 - Electric generation group foresees 2005 summer power supply reliability, but are concerned about environmental initiatives and the impact they could have on future generating plant retirements. Click here for full News Release regarding EPGA 2005 Summer Reliability Presentation before PA PUC.

Electric Generation Group Foresees Summer Power Supply Reliability

Presentation to PaPUC Summer Reliability Assessment, May 22, 2003

"New Electric Generating Capacity in Pennsylvania" presentation to the Pennsylvania Energy Leadership Council, Pittsburgh, September 23, 2002

Presentation to PaPUC Winter Reliability Assessment, October 12, 2001

The remarks were presented before the Pennsylvania Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee by EPGA President Douglas L. Biden on February 14, 2001. Click here for the full text of the testimony.

This testimony was presented before the Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee by EPGA President Douglas L. Biden on September 20, 2000. Click here for the full text of the testimony.

Enron

Enron Bankruptcy - Letter sent to the Pennsylvania General Assembly members on February 11, 2002 authored by Douglas Biden, President, Electric Power Generation Association, including as an attachment a compilation of third party quotations, EPGA Letter and What Others Say.

Legislative & Regulatory Energy Policy

Utilities shouldn't have power to break contracts - Editorial posted on HoustonChronicle.com (The Houston Chronicle), Wednesday, April 10, 2002 authored by Dr. Bernard L. Weinstein, Director, Center of Economic Development and a professor of applied economics at the University of North Texas in Denton.

"Bring Back Coal and Nuclear Power" - by Dr. Edgar Berkey, Chief Science Officer, Concurrent Technologies Corporation.

Pennsylvania Electric Restructuring Act (HB 1509) PDF-128k

In The News

May 27, 2009 - News Release: Electric Power Generation Association (EPGA) today issued the following release on establishing the Pennsylvania Power Authority indicating that Legislation Authorizing State Ownership of Power Plants and Taxing Privately-owned Plants Poses Huge Risks for Taxpayers and Customers. Click here for a copy of the news release.

December 18, 2008 - News Release: Electric Power Generation Association (EPGA) president, Doug Biden, today testified at a hearing of the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission to outline the benefits of competitive wholesale markets. Click here for a copy of the news release. Click here for a copy of Mr. Biden's testimony.

October 23, 2008 - News Release: Rate Cap Extension Costlier in the Long Run, Electric Generators Say; Urge Governor Rendell, Legislature to Support Competition. Click here for a copy of the document.

September 22, 2008 - News Release: FERC Decision Bolsters Reliability of Grid, Shows that Wholesale Electricity Prices are Competitive. Click here for a copy of the document.

July 22, 2008 - News Release: Electric Generators' Association Executive Outlines Ways to Help Pennsylvania Customers Deal with Higher Electricity Prices. Click here for a copy of the document.

May 19, 2008 - News Release: PJM Auction Results Show the Successful Workings of Competitive Electricity Markets. Click here for a copy of the document.

November 13, 2007 - The Benefits of Electric Restructuring to Pennsylvania Consumers by Jonathan A. Lesser, Ph.D. Click here for a copy of the document.

November 7, 2007 - The Operation And Benefits Of Competitive Electricity Markets In Pennsylvania. A White Paper By Former FERC Commissioner William L. Massey. Click here for a copy of the document.

October 30, 2007 - Questions and answers on electricity policy issues currently before the general assembly. Click here for a copy of the document.

October 3, 2007 - Report shows that competitive suppliers lead the way in wind energy development. Click here for a copy of the report.

March 8, 2007 - PJM's 2006 State of the Market Report confirms PJM Interconnection produced competitive results in 2006. The report was released by the independent Market Monitoring Unit of PJM. Click here for a copy of the PJM Press Release. Click here for PJM's 2006 State of the Market Report.

February 26, 2007 - EPGA and EPSA point to results of new report showing benefits of competitive electricity market in PA. Click here to view a copy of the news release. To view the entire Bates White Report click here (55 page PDF document).

March 8, 2006 - PJM's 2005 State of the Market Report confirms PJM Interconnection produced competitive results in 2005. The report was released by the independent Market Monitoring Unit of PJM. Click here for a copy of the PJM Press Release.
Click here for PJM's 2005 State of the Market Report.

August 18, 2005 - A recently released report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) entitled "Evaluating Ozone Control Programs in the Eastern United States: Focus on the NOx Budget Trading Program, 2004" shows that the EPA's NOx Budget Trading Program has yielded reductions in emissions of ozone forming nitrogen oxides (NOx) thus improving the air quality for 100 million people. Click here to read the News Release.

July 12, 2005 - A recent study released by independent consulting firm Global Energy Decisions, Inc. entitled "Putting Competitive Power Markets to the Test" clearly demonstrates consumers benefit from wholesale electric competition. The study concludes that competitive wholesale power markets in the United States and Canada produced at least $15.1 billion in customer savings during 1999-2003 and has resulted in dramatically improved power plant efficiencies nationwide. Click here for a fact sheet on the study.

For the complete study go to: http://www.globalenergy.com/competitivepower/

May 9, 2005 - The integration of Dominion, the largest utility in Virginia, into PJM benefits customers by improving reliability, enhancing planning and resource adequacy, and improving access to economic power supplies. For more information Click on "Dominion Completes Successful Integration into PJM RTO" for an EPSA Current Buzz article.

March 18, 2005 - PJM's 2004 State of the Market Report confirms competitive process minimized significant fuel cost increases for power generation in 2004. Click here for a copy of the EPSA Current Buzz article.

Link to PJM's 2004 State of the Market Report -
http://www.pjm.com/markets/market-monitor/som.html

February 11, 2005 - North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) made its initial filing on wholesale electric standards to FERC. Click here for Current Buzz article and for the link to NAESB report.

NAESB Report - http://www.naesb.org/pdf/ferc011805_report.pdf

November 24, 2004 - Fraser Institute study reinforces belief that competitive markets can have positive quantifiable benefits for customers. Click here to see Current Buzz article and for a link to Fraser Institute report titled: Power Jolt Required: Measuring the Impact of Electricity Deregulation.

November 24, 2004 - PJM releases Synapse Study which shows a significant decline in wholesale electricity costs for three of the utilities in the RTO's eastern footprint. Click here to see complete Current Buzz article and for a link to the study entitled: Electricity Prices in PJM: A Comparison of Wholesale Power Costs in the PJM Market to Indexed Generation Service Costs.

October 7, 2004 - American Electric Power and Dayton Power & Light Integrated into PJM - The successful integration of American Electric Power (AEP) and Dayton Power & Light (DP&L) into PJM and Illinois Power Co.'s addition to the Midwest ISO will mean improved reliability and economic benefits for consumers. Click here for the EPSA, October 7, 2004 Current Buzz article.

September 30, 2004 - Dedication of Reliant's Pennsylvania Seward Power Plant - PA Governor Edward Rendell dedicated the new $800-million waste-coal Seward Power Plant, located near Johnstown, PA, on September 30, 2004. Click here to learn about the environmental and economic benefits in an October 8, 2004 EPSA Current Buzz article.

September 2, 2004 - EPA releases NOx Budget Trading Program 2003 Progress and Compliance Report which shows that participating Eastern states reduced NOx emissions by 30% from 2002 levels.

March 26, 2004 - PA Governor Rendell recently sent a letter to President Bush asking that he support FERC's efforts to promote the development and expansion of RTOs, especially in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. He also pointed out the important role PJM has played in increased savings for the Mid-Atlantic region customer as well as assuring reliability. Click here for EPSA's March 26, 2004 Current Buzz and more information on Governor Rendell's letter.

September 15, 2003 - Leading Editorial Pages Urge Accelerated Development of RTOs - The New York Times and Wall St. Journal are among the newspapers that have run editorials supporting wider implementation of RTOs and competitive markets, along with improved reliability standards. Click here for reprint of article from EPSA's Current Buzz, September 15, 2003.

September 9, 2003 - State Governors Express Support for RTOs. Governor Taft (Ohio) and Governor Granholm (Michigan) told the House Energy and Commerce Committee that their constituents are depending on national leaders to be part of the solution to the current systems problems and not perpetuate its shortcomings. Click here for article from EPSA's Current Buzz, September 9, 2003.

September 2003 - The Center for the Advancement of Energy Markets recently published a study authored by Dr. Ron Sutherland, a CAEM Associate Scholar, which shows that market restructuring in the PJM region has saved the region's consumers billions of dollars, with additional savings expected in the future. The study is available to the public free of charge on the Center for the Advancement of Energy Markets (CAEM) website homepage under the heading Benefits of Competition in the Mid-Atlantic (PJM) Region.

June 25, 2003 - The Ozone Transport Commission (OTC), in conjunction with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), released a report March 3 that documents a roughly 60 percent reduction in emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx), in comparison to emissions in 1990, from major stationary fuel combustion sources, such as power plants. For further information see http://www.otcair.org/Publications/2003/otcnoxbudget_report_final_030303.pdf (960K PDF)

July 3, 2003 - Recent comments by FTC to FERC regarding Wholesale Power Market Design. FTC expresses concerns over giving too much deference to state and regional interests. Click here for article from EPSA's Current Buzz, July 3, 2003.

June 4, 2003 - Outlook for Merchant Energy Sector 'Improving' Says S&P. Click here for reprint of EPSA's Current Buzz.

January 28, 2003 Mirant Joins EPGA

March 22, 2002 Letters! Biggest water users' in times of drought - Letter posted on Philly.com (The Philadelphia Inquirer) Friday, March 22, 2002 authored by Carol R. Collier, Executive Director, Delaware River Basin Commission, Trenton, New Jersey in response to Philadelphia Inquirer, March 11, 2002 article entitled "There are no limits on biggest water users".

Presentations & Comments

June 9, 2009 - EPGA President Douglas Biden presented to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission the industry's outlook for 2009 Summer Reliability on Tuesday, June 9, 2009 as well as risks to reliability going forward. Click here for the full Power Point presentation.

May 11, 2007 - EPGA President Douglas Biden presented the following Remarks on Electric Restructuring and Prices to the Pennsylvania State Chamber on Friday, May 11, 2007. Click Click here for the full presentation.

May 9, 2007 - EPGA President Douglas Biden gave the following presentation on the subject of factors influencing future electricity prices at the Industrial Energy Consumers of Pennsylvania (IECPA) Spring Seminar on Wednesday, May 9, 2007. Click here for the full Power Point presentation.

"Pennsylvania Electricity Experience" presentation to the Energy Council, New Orleans, June 2001

Electric Power Generation Association on Capacity Markets - Are capacity markets really necessary?
The purpose of this brief, dated December 9, 2001, is to explain the capacity market and its role in providing reliable electric supply in competitive power markets. Click here for full brief text.

Electric Power Generation Association Response Comments
The comments, submitted by the Association on August 17, 2001, are in response to the Governor's Energy Task Force Draft Recommendations for a Pennsylvania Energy Policy. Click here for full text of comment document.

Demand Response
The remarks were presented before the Pennsylvania Public Utilities Commission Forum by EPGA President Douglas L. Biden on November 21, 2000. Click here for the full text of the testimony.

Legislative Testimony

July 22, 2008 - EPGA General Counsel, Terrance Fitzpatrick, testified on July 22, 2008, before the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee on Ways to Help Pennsylvania Customers Deal with Higher Electricity Prices. For full testimony click here.

March 17, 2008 - EPGA General Counsel, Terrance Fitzpatrick, testified on March 17, 2008, before the Pennsylvania House Republican Policy Committee on Rate Cap Mitigation. For full testimony click here.

January 31, 2008 - EPGA President, Doug Biden, testified on January 31, 2008, before the Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee on House Bills 2200 and 2201. For full testimony click here.

October 9, 2007 - "Nuclear Power — Performance, Outlook and Energy Policy Recommendations" by Douglas L. Biden, President, Electric Power Generation Association. For full testimony click here.

September 12, 2007 - Terrance J. Fitzpatrick, General Counsel, Electric Power Generation Association, presented testimony before the House Consumer Affairs Committee on "The State of Utility Infrastructure in Pennsylvania." For full testimony click here.

September 5, 2007 - Douglas L. Biden, President, Electric Power Generation Association, presented testimony before the House Consumer Affairs Committee "Regarding Utility Procurement, Rate Caps and Price Mitigation Issues." For full testimony click here.

June 12, 2007 - Douglas L. Biden, President, Electric Power Generation Association, presented testimony before the Joint Senate Environmental Resources and Energy and Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committees on the Energy Policy for Pennsylvania. For full testimony click here.

April 25, 2006 - Electric Power Generation Association (EPGA) President Douglas L. Biden testified before the Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources & Energy Committee regarding the Associations perspective on Mercury Emissions From Coal-Fired Power Plants. Click Here for the full testimony.

February 23, 2006 - Electric Power Generation Association President Douglas L. Biden testified before the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee regarding the Associations perspective on Mercury Emissions and Controls. Click Here for the full testimony.

December 6, 2005 - Testimony was presented to the Pennsylvania House Environmental Resources & Energy Committee regarding the Pennsylvania Energy Strategy at an informational meeting held December 6, 2005. The Electric Power Generation Association's President, Douglas Biden, provided the industry perspective at the Committee's request. Click here for a copy of the news release.

November 16, 2004 - Testimony was given to the Pennsylvania Green Ribbon Commission by Mr. Douglas Biden, President of the Electric Power Generation Association regarding Proposed Fees on the Toxic Release Inventory and Residual Waste Disposal. Click here for the full testimony.

June 23, 2004 - Testimony was presented before the Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee by Electric Power Generation Association President, Douglas L. Biden. Mr. Biden testified regarding Renewable Portfolio Standards Legislation.

April 13, 2004 - Electric Power Generation Association (EPGA) President Douglas L. Biden testified before the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Environmental Resources and Energy Committee regarding Renewable Portfolio Standards Legislation, Resource Eligibility.

March 3, 2004 - Electric Power Generation Association (EPGA) President, Douglas L. Biden presented testimony to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, Consumer Affairs Committee on the topic of Electric Deregulation.

September 5, 2002 - Price Stability Predicted by Electric Generation Group Testimony before the PA House Judiciary Committee by EPGA President Douglas L. Biden.

Hearing On Energy Prices (Pursuant to House Resolution No. 100)
This testimony was presented before the Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee by EPGA President Douglas L. Biden on November 27, 2001. Click here for the full text of the testimony.

Water Quality Credits and Trading Program
This testimony was presented before the Joint Legislative Air and Water Pollution Control and Conservation Committee by EPGA President Douglas L. Biden on August 14, 2000. Click here for the full text of the testimony.

Hearing On Water Resources Legislation (Pursuant to Senate Bill No. 1230, Printer's No. 1656)
This testimony was presented before the Pennsylvania Senate Environmental Resources and Energy Committee by EPGA President Douglas L. Biden on March 13, 2002. Click here for the full text of the testimony.

Pennsylvania Water Resources Planning Act (HB 2302) - Act 220 of 2002 PDF information for link includes Bill History and Bill Text:
http://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/BI/BH/2001/0/HB2302.HTM
http://www2.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/BI/BT/2001/0/HB2302P4697.pdf

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