Officials from Southern Co. met with administration officials at the White House August 21, reporting that one-fourth of new natural gas-fired power plants from the past five years cannot comply with Environmental Protection Agency proposed new source performance standard. According to the Southern Co., 15 of the 59 new combined-cycle power plants built since 2008 are not able to meet the proposed emissions standard of 1,000 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour.