Utilities and regulators are pushing to meet evolving green energy requirements, and securitization offers a cost-effective way to finance the cleanup.

The coal-fired power plant industry is one of the most obvious candidates. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed or finalized four regulations affecting coal-fueled electricity generating units, which provide almost half of the electricity in the United States: the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule, the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, the proposed Cooling Water Intake Structures Regulation and the proposed Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals Regulation.

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