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Let the Planning Continue, Part 2: Even in States that have Sued EPA, Progress Toward Compliance

November 24, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

State Policy and the CPP

The publication of the final Clean Power Plan prompted a suite of suits from states, both in opposition and in support of the rule. However, the vast majority of states have started some part of the process of convening stakeholders, soliciting public input, and talking with EPA - even if those states that are suing.[read more]

Let the Planning Continue, Part 1: With Lawsuits as Backdrop, States Make Progress on Clean Power Plan

November 23, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

Clean Power Plan and State Choices

The publication of the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) in the Federal Register on October 23rd prompted a suite of suits from states, both in opposition and in support of the rule. This post provides a scorecard on the states currently involved in the legal action — 45 in all.[read more]

Utilities, RTOs/ISOs Eye Clean Power Plan Compliance, Regionally and Individually

November 18, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Reglation and Clean Power Planning

While states ponder their role in compliance with the now-final Clean Power Plan, the ultimate action will be in the electric power sector itself. Utilities and other generators are making early moves to prepare for, if not get ahead of, EPA requirements.[read more]

18 State Attorneys General, Led by New York's Schneiderman, Defend the EPA's Clean Power Plan

November 13, 2015 by Kit Kennedy

Kudos deserve go out to New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for stepping up to defend the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan to cut carbon pollution from the nation's power plants.[read more]

Climate Change Deniers vs. The Clean Power Plan

November 4, 2015 by Emma White

As President Obama asserted during a climate change at Georgetown University on June 25, 2014, ”No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change”. The Clean Power Plan demonstrates that we are running out of time but not out of solutions.[read more]

The Legal Battle is Joined on the Clean Power Plan, and AEE is in the Thick of It

November 4, 2015 by Bob Keough

Clean Power Plan and the States

Well, that didn’t take long. Within hours of publication of the final rule in the Federal Register last Friday, Oct. 23, a group of 24 states filed suit in the D.C. Court of Appeals against EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Separately, Oklahoma and North Dakota lodged their own legal complaints.[read more]

Here's What Happened to Different Electricity-Generating (or Saving) Technologies in EPA's Clean Power Plan Final Rule

October 21, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

This post focuses on two types of changes the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) made in the Clean Power Plan final rule. These changes were enacted in the final rule in response to public comments that were made on its June 2014 proposal.[read more]

Let the Planning Begin, Part 2: States Prepare to Comply with the Clean Power Plan - or Not

October 9, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

State Compliance and Defiance

To comply or not to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan? For states, that is the question. Here we take a look at the states that are showing no sign of preparing to submit a plan, whether they don’t have to, they haven’t decided how to respond, or they just refuse to — in which case EPA will impose a federal plan.[read more]

Let the Planning Begin, Part 1: States Prepare to Comply with the Clean Power Plan - or Not

October 8, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

Clean Power Plan Compliance

Ever since the EPA released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the rule’s 1,560 pages of dense text (and an equally daunting pile of Technical Support Documents) have kept legal analysts and policy wonks busy and bleary-eyed. Perhaps the most important group of readers, however, are state regulators.[read more]


Nuclear Retirements Would Sabotage Clean Power Plan Carbon Reductions

September 1, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins

Nuclear power and the EPA Clean Power Plan

The EPA believes it’s new regulations will cut carbon emissions 32% by 2030. Reaching that goal depends on nuclear continuing to supply one-fifth of U.S. electricity. Retirements of existing reactors could sabotage the Clean Power Plan's emissions goals—and the EPA can't stop it. Here's why...[read more]

Obama Administration Taking Bold Action Before Paris Climate Summit by Finalizing Clean Power Plan

August 14, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

This week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released the finalized Clean Power Plan. This is the first ever regulation on carbon pollution from America's power plants. Under the Plan, the U.S. will reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.[read more]

How Smart Grid and Demand Response Could Fit Into the Clean Power Plan

August 13, 2015 by Jeff St. John

Clean Power Plan Compliance

Less dirty energy, more clean energy. These are the fundamental drivers of the Clean Power Plan's push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and while that’s a potential boon to wind and solar power, it could also provide a boost to technologies that can help integrate that renewable energy into the grid.[read more]

How Big of a Deal is the Clean Power Plan? Part 2: Rhetoric Versus the Numbers

August 12, 2015 by Michael Craig

Clean Power Plan Data

Last Monday, after years of waiting, the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) was released by the Obama administration. Since its release, the rule has come under criticism as being weaker than other actions and as not going beyond historic trends.[read more]

Understanding the EPA's Clean Power Plan

August 12, 2015 by David Doniger

What's in the CPP?

The Clean Power Plan announced by President Obama on August 3rd sets the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the nation's largest source of the pollution driving dangerous climate change. Limiting carbon pollution from the nation's power plants is the biggest step we can take to fight climate chaos.[read more]

Energy Efficiency: The Building Block for Clean Power Plan Compliance

August 11, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

One change between the proposed version of the Clean Power Plan rule and the final version, released last Monday, was the removal of energy efficiency as a "building block." The emissions-reducing impact of energy efficiency programs was not factored into final power plant carbon pollution limits.[read more]