Implications of the Clean Air Act and other air-quality regulations on geothermal development in the United States

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Generation of electricity by geothermal power results in lower emissions of criteria air pollutants than power generation from fossil fuel combustion. This situation suggests that air quality regulations would not impede the development of geothermal energy resources. However, an in-depth study of the Clean Air Act and state air quality regulations has determined that such regulations have constrained geothermal development in the past, based on hydrogen sulfide (H/sub 2/S) emissions from geothermal power plants. The federal enforceability provison of PSD (prevention of significant deterioration) regulations has caused some geothermal plants with controlled emissions at low levels to undergo PSD review, ... continued below

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Gilmore, C.C. & Hunsaker, D.B. Jr. January 1, 1982.

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Generation of electricity by geothermal power results in lower emissions of criteria air pollutants than power generation from fossil fuel combustion. This situation suggests that air quality regulations would not impede the development of geothermal energy resources. However, an in-depth study of the Clean Air Act and state air quality regulations has determined that such regulations have constrained geothermal development in the past, based on hydrogen sulfide (H/sub 2/S) emissions from geothermal power plants. The federal enforceability provison of PSD (prevention of significant deterioration) regulations has caused some geothermal plants with controlled emissions at low levels to undergo PSD review, thus extending the time needed for permit approval. To determine the potential effects of air quality regulations upon future geothermal energy development, Federal PSD and non-attainment regulations are examined. The proximity of known geothermal resource areas to Class I PSD areas and non-attainment areas are determined. Atmospheric modeling of H/sub 2/S emissions from a hypothetical geothermal plant finds that if recently available control equipment is installed, H/sub 2/S emissions do not constrain geothermal development.

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NTIS, PC A02/MF A01.

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  • 75. annual meeting on the Air Pollution Control Association, New Orleans, LA, USA, 20 Jun 1982

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  • Other: DE82014872
  • Report No.: CONF-820627-8
  • Grant Number: W-7405-ENG-26
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 5249289
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc1072747

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Gilmore, C.C. & Hunsaker, D.B. Jr. Implications of the Clean Air Act and other air-quality regulations on geothermal development in the United States, article, January 1, 1982; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1072747/: accessed December 14, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.