Clear Skies in Michigan
Highlights of Clear Skies in Michigan
- Michigan sources would reduce emissions of SO2 by 18%, NOx by
27%, and mercury by 15% by 2020 due to Clear Skies.
- The health benefits in Michigan would total $4.3 billion annually
($810 million under the alternative estimate) and include approximately
600 fewer premature deaths (300 under the alternative estimate)
and 1,400 fewer hospitalizations/ emergency room visits each year.
- In addition, Michigan would receive environmental benefits including reduced sulfur deposition, reduced mercury deposition along the Great Lakes and improved visibility. The value of this benefit for Michigan residents who visit America's National Parks and Wilderness Areas nationwide is $83 million.
- Clear Skies does not significantly impact electricity prices.
With or without Clear Skies, electricity prices in the electricity
supply region that includes Michigan are expected to remain below
Clear Skies: An Innovative Approach to Improving Human Health and the Environment
Why Clear Skies?
- Air quality has improved, but serious concerns persist
- Michigan's citizens suffer ill effects from air pollution, including asthma attacks and premature death.
- Electricity generation sector remains a major emissions source
- Very cost-effective to control the power sector, relative to other sources
- Sources are concerned about upcoming complex and burdensome regulations.
Advantages of the Clear Skies Approach
- Guarantees significant nationwide emissions reductions - beginning years before full implementation
- Michigan sources would reduce emissions of SO2, NOx, and mercury
- Delivers dramatic progress towards achievement of critical health and environmental goals.
- Uses proven, market-based flexible approach with incentives
- Recognizes environmental needs as well as industry constraints,
allowing industry to better manage
its operations and finances while lowering risks to the public
- Sources are projected to install pollution controls to enable continued reliance on coal.
- Recognizes environmental needs as well as industry constraints, allowing industry to better manage
- Increases certainty across the board for industry, regulators, and consumers.
Under Current Clean Air Act Power Plants Would Face a Complex Set of RequirementsFor a larger image, click here.
Clear Skies Sets a Firm Timeline for Emission Reductions
|The existing Title IV SO2 cap-and-trade program provides an incentive and a mechanism to begin reductions upon enactment of Clear Skies years before regulatory action under the current Act.|
2004: The NOx SIP call (summertime NOx cap in 19 Eastern States + D.C.)
2008: Clear Skies NOx Phase I (2.1 million ton annual cap assigned to two Zones with trading programs)
- Clear Skies Hg Phase I (26 ton annual cap with a national trading program)
- SO2 Phase I (4.5 million ton annual cap with a national trading program)
- Clear Skies NOx Phase II (1.7 million ton annual cap assigned to two Zones with trading programs)
- Clear Skies Hg Phase II (15 ton annual cap with a national trading program)
- Clear Skies SO2 Phase II (3.0 million ton annual cap with a national trading program)
Emissions in Michigan under Clear Skies
Emissions in Michigan (2020) would be reduced from 2000 levels:
Emissions: Current (2000) and Existing Clean Air Act Regulations (base case*) vs. Clear Skies in Michigan in 2010 and 2020
Note: The base case using IPM includes Title IV, the NOx SIP Call, NSR settlements, and state-specific caps in CT, MA, MO, NC, NH, TX, and WI. It does not include mercury MACT in 2007 or any other potential future regulations to implement the current air quality standards or other parts of the Clean Air Act. Base case emissions in 2020 will likely be lower due to state and federal regulatory actions that have not yet been promulgated.
Clear Skies Health and Air Quality Benefits in Michigan
|By 2020, Michigan would receive approximately $4.3 billion in annual health benefits from reductions in fine particle and ozone concentrations alone due to Clear Skies. (see note 1)|
Improve Public Health
- Reduced ozone and fine particle exposure by 2020 would result
in public health benefits of:
- approximately 600 fewer premature deaths each year (see note 1)
- approximately 400 fewer cases of chronic bronchitis each year
- approximately 1,000 fewer nonfatal heart attacks each year
- approximately 1,400 fewer hospital and emergency room visits each year
- approximately 66,000 fewer days workers are out sick due to respiratory symptoms each year
- approximately 7,600 fewer school absences each year
- Reduced mercury emissions would reduce exposure to mercury through consumption of contaminated fish, resulting in additional, unquantified benefits for those who eat fish Michigan's lakes
Help Maintain Health-Based Air Quality Standards (see note 2)
- One county in Michigan currently exceeds the fine particle standard, and 10 counties currently exceed the 8-hour ozone standard.
- Under existing programs, 8 counties in Michigan (population
approximately 1.1 million) would be brought into attainment with
the ozone standard.
- Clear Skies would significantly reduce concentrations of ozone and fine particles in the remaining nonattainment counties, bringing them closer to attainment.
Clear Skies Environmental Benefits in Michigan
In comparison to existing programs,
- Visibility would improve perceptibly
- The value of visibility improvements for Michigan residents who visit National Parks and wilderness areas nation wide is $83 million.
- Sulfur deposition, a primary cause of acid rain, would decrease by up to 30% throughout most of the state.
- Nitrogen deposition, another significant contributor to acid rain as well as a cause of damage in nitrogen-sensitive forests and coastal waters, would decrease by 5-20%.
- Mercury deposition would decrease by up to 5% throughout most of Michigan and up to 15% in small areas along the eastern border of the state.*
* These results are based on modeling the Clear Skies mercury cap without triggering the safety valve.
SO2 and NOx Emissions Reductions under Clear Skies
|Emissions in Michigan and surrounding states would decrease considerably. These emission reductions would make it much easier for Michigan to comply with national air quality standards.|
Electricity Generation in Michigan under Clear Skies
|Current and Projected Generation by Fuel Type in Michigan under Clear Skies(GWh)||
Emission Controls in Michigan under Clear Skies
Units in Michigan Projected to Be Retrofitted Due to Clear Skies by 2020
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* Retrofit was installed under Clear Skies by 2010
Note: Retrofits and total coal-fired capacity apply to coal units greater than 25 MW.
Electricity Prices in Michigan under Clear Skies
|In 2000, the average retail electricity price in Michigan was approximately 7.1 cents/kWh, which was above the average national retail price of approximately 6.7 cents/kWh.|
Note: The base case using IPM includes Title IV, the NOx SIP Call, NSR settlements, and state-specific caps in CT, MA, MO, NC, NH, TX, and WI. It does not include mercury MACT in 2007 or any other potential future regulations to implement the current ambient air quality standards or other parts of the Clean Air Act. Base case emissions in 2020 will likely be lower due to state and federal regulatory actions that have not yet been promulgated.
Costs and Benefits in Michigan under Clear Skies
Benefits Outweigh the Costs
- In Michigan, Clear Skies is projected to cost approximately $226 million annually by 2020 while providing health benefits totaling approximately $4.3 billion annually.
- The increases in production costs under Clear Skies represent
only a small percentage of total retail electricity sales revenue
- Retail electricity sales revenue in Michigan was $7.4 billion in 2000.
- Adjusting these sales revenues by the same growth rate used for the modeling of costs would result in revenues of almost $11.5 billion annually in 2020.
- Nationwide, the projected annual costs of Clear Skies (in $1999)
are $4.3 billion in 2010 and $6.3 billion in 2020; the nationwide
benefits of Clear Skies are expected to be over $113 billion annually
- An alternative estimate projects annual health benefits totaling $23 billion.
Note: Costs include capital costs, fuel, and other operation and maintenance costs (both fixed and variable) associated with the achievement of the emissions caps in the legislation (for example, the installation and operation of pollution controls). These state-level production costs are estimates; they do not account for the costs associated with the transfer of electricity across regions, nor the costs or savings that could be associated with allowance movement between sources.
Notes on EPA's Analysis
- The information presented in this analysis reflects EPA's modeling
of the Clear Skies Act of 2003.
- EPA has updated this information to reflect modifications:
- Changes included in the Clear Skies Act of 2003.
- Revisions to the Base Case to reflect newly promulgated rules at the state and federal level since the initial analysis was undertaken.
- The Clear Skies modeling results presented include the safety valve feature
- EPA has updated this information to reflect modifications:
- This analysis compares new programs to a Base Case (Existing Control Programs), which is typical when calculating costs and benefits of Agency rulemakings.
- The Base Case reflects implementation of current control programs
- Does not include yet-to-be developed regulations such as those to implement the National Ambient Air Quality Standards.
- The EPA Base Case for power sector modeling includes:
- Title IV, the NOx SIP Call, NSR settlements, and state-specific caps in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin finalized before March 2003.
- For air quality modeling, the Base Case also includes federal and state control programs, as well as the Tier II, Heavy Duty Diesel, and Nonroad Diesel rules.
State information based on EPA's modeling of the Clear Skies Act of 2002 is presented here for archival reasons.