The United States and the rest of the industrialized world continue to struggle with the global economic slowdown that persists from the economic collapse that resulted from the bursting of the housing and banking excess bubble in 2008. Further complicating the situation is the political gridlock in the United States Congress, which increased after Republicans took control of the Congress after the 2010 midterm election. With a Democratic president and a Republican Congress unwilling to take any action that could
help him, legislative action essentially stopped before the 2012 election. Not much has been enacted since the 2010 mid-term election.
Pollution controls for coal-fired power plants are expensive, as we shall discuss in this report, and power companies are loath to spend money on such controls, since they not only cost money and contribute nothing to power generation but also can use power and resources that private utility companies would prefer to spend elsewhere or take as profits. Thus, such expenditures for capital additions and operating costs for pollution control devices will ordinarily be made only when mandated by government laws and
resulting regulations. Republicans as a rule oppose such regulations and controls on private industry, while Democrats are usually more sympathetic to regulation, especially environmental regulation that can improve public health and safety. The current gridlock in Washington, DC virtually guarantees that little will be done in the near future.
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This report provides:
- An overview of the market for air pollution control technologies for both utility and nonutility coal-fired power plants
- Analyses of market trends, with data from 2011, estimates for 2012, and projections of compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) through 2017
- Characterizations of the types of air emissions associated with coal-based power systems and the key regulations that drive technology requirements
- Evaluations of the current research-and-development status and effectiveness of control technologies for sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxides (NOx), particulate matter (PM), and so-called hazardous air pollutants (HAPs), or “air toxics”, with a primary emphasis currently on mercury
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- Forecast the market for air pollution control technologies in terms of dollar and unit sales
- Classify the market size for air pollution control technologies by geographical region in terms of dollar and unit sales
- Receive information on the roles played by major stakeholders and players
- Receive an overview of the activities of influential companies.
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Source: BCC Research