June 25, 2019 - Dave Helm, a senior environmental consultant for Sargent & Lundy, will lead a presentation at the Association of Rural Electric Generating Cooperatives (AREGC) conference on June 25 at 3 p.m. CT. The conference takes place June 23-26 in Point Clear, Alabama.
Helm’s presentation will cover permitting considerations for proposed new power-generating units subject to the New Source Review (NSR), Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) permitting program. PSD permitting requires an evaluation of Best Available Control Technology (BACT) for all regulated air pollutant emissions above the applicable significant level, including greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
The presentation will address issues raised during PSD permit public review and permit appeal processes, generally focusing on GHG BACT analysis. Topics of focus include:
- Use of potentially lower-emitting alternatives.
- Integration of renewable energy strategies to the project design, such as wind, solar, and battery storage.
- How renewable energy technologies fit within the framework of the PSD permitting process.
- The mandate against “redefining the source.”
- Strategies for project proponents to increase the potential for a successful permit appeal.