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New power plant rules may have little Texas impact

Published On: Sep 21 2013 03:15:49 PM CDT

AUSTIN, Texas -

(AP) - The Obama administration's proposed cap on carbon dioxide for future power plants isn't likely to have much of an immediate impact on Texas.
    
That's because the state's booming natural gas production has made power plants that rely on it cheaper to build than coal-fired ones.
    
Draft regulations released Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency provide the first national limits on heat-trapping pollution for future power plants.
    
That could reshape energy generation nationwide away from coal power plants and toward cleaner sources.
    
Texas relies more heavily on coal-fired power plants. And, in previous years, nine new such plants were planned.
    
But the number of proposed projects has fallen to zero over the past year. Cheap, abundant natural gas statewide helped cause the drop even before the EPA draft regulations.