In a meeting with White House officials, representatives from Southern Co. informed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Council on Environmental Quality that a quarter of the most efficient, natural gas-fired power plants built over the past five years would not meet the proposed carbon dioxide emission standards.  Materials presented to the OMB in the August 21 meeting showed that 15 of the 59 new natural gas power plants built since 2008 would not be able to comply with the proposed new source performance standard. 

The EPA and OMB have been meeting regularly with industry representatives and environmental groups in preparation for reissuing proposed carbon dioxide emission rates which are expected to be issued sometime next year.