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April 11, 2011
The Brattle Group’s Metin Celebi Quoted in Recent Issue of Climate Change Business Journal

Metin Celebi, a senior associate at The Brattle Group, was quoted in the March 2011 issue of Climate Change Business Journal on the topic of greenhouse gas regulation and its impact on coal-fired power plants.

The article, “Generators Review Cleaner Pathways to Electricity, But Regulatory Uncertainty Constrains Investment,” discusses how Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) regulations on hazardous pollutants put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) are set to be released by the end of 2011, which will determine the future for many existing coal plants.

Speaking on current coal plant utilities and the possibility of varying timetables for regulation, Dr. Celebi noted, “they need to consider different credible future scenarios for environmental regulations and see how the strategies they have in mind survive in each of those.”

In December 2010, Dr. Celebi co-authored a Brattle study that found that many older coal plants will face retirement amid new greenhouse gas regulation, due to the high cost of retrofitting current plants with newer technology. According to the article, this will pave the way for the construction of new natural gas-fired plants.