Environmental Consulting & Publications

Environmental Consulting & Publications

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Over the last 35 years, Energy Ventures Analysis has been at the forefront of delivering exceptional environmental consulting services. What sets EVA apart is our innovative approach — seamlessly integrating environmental compliance modeling with our cutting-edge hourly dispatch model, which spans the entirety of the North American power market. This integration positions our environmental compliance modeling as unparalleled in the marketplace, offering a level of sophistication and accuracy that outshines any other solution available.

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For decades, Energy Ventures Analysis (EVA) has consistently held a national leadership position in the nuanced realm of policy analyses related to major air legislation and regulations.

  • Our contributions extend back to the development of the pivotal 1990 Clean Air Act, where we played a key role in offering technical support to multiple industrial trade groups. This involved extensive evaluations of a diverse array of proposed policy alternatives, scrutinizing their impact on compliance decisions, costs, and the broader energy markets.
  • EVA remains at the forefront, actively participating in Congressional debates on alternatives to regulate carbon emissions. We’ve also lent our expertise to various state legislative proposals aimed at further controlling emissions within the energy industry.
  • Our portfolio boasts comprehensive work on a multitude of air-related programs, including but not limited to the Title IV acid rain program, tall stacks regulation, ozone transport rule, clean air interstate rule, clean mercury rule, cross-state air pollution rule, state regional haze SIP plans, mercury and air toxics standard, and the Clean Power Plan. What sets EVA apart is our bottom-up approach, meticulously crafting low-cost compliance strategies on a unit-by-unit basis. This enables us to aggregate results on a company, state, and compliance technology-specific basis, addressing the unique needs of our clients.
  • In navigating the intricate landscape of U.S. air regulations, EVA has pioneered emission allowance trading market evaluations. Leveraging detailed industry databases and compliance models, we calculate the lowest-cost strategies and long-term allowance trading values for major markets, including CO2 (RGGI, CA-Quebec, US state/national, offsets), SO2, NOx (ozone season, annual), and new source offsets.
  • Moreover, our extensive history in air pollution controls is marked by early involvement as contractors for EPRI, evaluating emerging air pollution control technologies.
  • EVA’s ongoing commitment to innovation is evidenced by our role in the development of a groundbreaking pre-combustion multi-pollutant control alternative. This innovative solution mirrors the performance of conventional post-combustion control approaches but at a fraction of the capital cost, emphasizing our commitment to providing cost-effective and high-performance environmental solutions.

At EVA, our team of seasoned consultants holds the firm belief that the quantification, regulation, and control of emissions will take center stage in addressing climate change concerns. We recognize the dynamic nature of the regulatory landscape surrounding emissions and stand ready to provide our clients with unparalleled services to navigate and excel in this evolving context.

EVA has a well-established record in water consulting—mostly centered on wastewater treatment.

  • We have developed databases of wastewater treatment options, their costs and removal performance. EVA applied these data in our water compliance analyses for the cooling water rule and effluent guidelines for the power industry.
  • EVA has developed, designed and permitted innovative alternative wastewater control technologies for West Monroe Louisiana that by controlling the discharge loading were able to meet strict standards without use of expensive advanced wastewater treatment options.
  • EVA staff conducted the early compliance analyses for EPA that identified reasons for major source non-compliance with their NPDES permits and potential approaches (capital and operating) to bring them back into compliance.
  • EVA is ready to provide technical support and analyses to develop technology solutions to emerging water supply problems. Drinking water treatment will likely become increasingly complex because of the unattended byproducts of chlorination in some waters.

Just as in air, we anticipate that the tightening of drinking water standards will give rise to the need for innovative new treatment technology options. EVA expects that the industry will need to find ways to lower consumption through greater water reuse and alternatives to water cooling.

Solid waste challenges have focused on hazardous waste disposal, maximizing recycling and waste minimization.  EVA has completed several complex consulting projects related to these challenges.

  • For the state of Louisiana, EVA examined and characterized the industrial hazardous waste streams and disposal options.
  • For several clients, EVA has applied its ash handling database to complete a comprehensive evaluation of the coal combustion residual rule on the power industry.
  • For proposed wind projects, EVA developed decommissioning cost studies for disassembling and disposing of large wind projects after they are taken offline. These studies also incorporated the scrap market value for the steel and copper that could be recycled.

Quarterly Environmental Report

Every quarter, EVA provides a comprehensive overview of the current state of the U.S. environmental compliance and emission markets in its Quarterly Environmental Report. This report includes summaries and impact analyses for the most recent developments in environmental regulations impacting the U.S. power sector, environmental regulation litigation updates, emission and allowance price forecasts for the next three years for all major U.S. emission markets, environmental control project tracking, and coal-to-gas unit conversions.




Emission Allowance Forecast

Since the start of EPA’s Acid Rain Program in 1995, the first emission allowance trading program in the United States, EVA has become one of the few leading national environmental allowance forecasters. Forecasts are developed through applying environmental compliance models that calculate the lowest cost compliance strategies through integrating (1) unit specific retrofit environmental control costs and performance to calculate marginal compliance costs and (2) projected unit generation and fuel use. Major Clients include electric utilities, power market traders, environmental control developers/manufacturers, investors, fuel transporters and others. EVA currently provides short-term and long-term emission allowance forecasts for the following markets:


  • EPA SO2 Acid Rain Program
  • EPA Cross-state Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) SO2 Group 1/Group 2
  • EPA CSAPR NOx Annual
  • EPA CSAPR NOx Seasonal
  • Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) CO2 Program
  • California/Quebec CO2 Cap-and-Trade Program
  • EPA Clean Power Plan- Allowance & ERC
  • National GHG Offsets