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August 19, 2011 06:30 ET

Coal-Gen 2011: We Cannot Afford to Force Coal-Fired Power From the Market, an Industrial Info News Alert

COLUMBUS, OH--(Marketwire - Aug 19, 2011) - Written by Brock Ramey, North American Power Research Manager for Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- The second day of the Coal-Gen 2011 conference in Columbus, Ohio, brought a new round of less-than-kind words directed at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by representatives of the coal-fired electric power generation sector. Yesterday morning brought a panel discussion that included Robert Wayland, leader of the Energy Strategies Group for the EPA; Carl Weilert, principal APC engineer for Burns & McDonnell (Kansas City, Missouri); John Hendricks, manager of Environmental Services at American Electric Power Company Incorporated (NYSE:AEP) (AEP) (Columbus); and others.

While the disagreements were many, the EPA and power industry representatives on the panel did find one point on which to agree: We cannot afford to lose coal as a fuel source for baseload power generation. While there is a need for a more stabilized mix of sources for generation, at this point in time, coal simply cannot be replaced or forced out of the market if U.S. power generation is to be maintained at current levels or increased as demand grows.

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