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some older coal plants might not be able to operate at full capacity because of mechanical and environmental limitations. Further, upgrading older coal plants could run into regulatory restrictions via new source performance standards; see “What You Should Know About Electric Companies and New Source Review,” Edison Electric Institute, July 2002.

22. This would be analogous to what happened in the U.S. nuclear power industry over the past two decades, where nuclear capacity factors increased from less than 80 percent to the current 90 percent or more.

23. U.S. Energy Information Administration, Annual Energy Outlook 2011 , April 2011.