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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
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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
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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
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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]

Will the Clean Power Plan Deliver Effective Emission Reductions?

August 10, 2015 by David Hone
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Clean Power Plan

August 3rd saw the Obama Administration release its long awaited Clean Power Plan. The plan partly underpins the current US COP21 INDC (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution) to reduce emissions by 26-28% by 2025 compared to 2005.[read more]

Clean Power Plan is the Story of the Week, with Reactions Mixed

August 10, 2015 by Lexie Briggs

Clean Power Plan and Public Opinion

The big news came early last week. Last Monday, President Obama announced the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.[read more]

What the Editorials Say about the Clean Power Plan

August 10, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched its final version of the Clean Power Plan this week ... and the reviews are in from America's editorial boards. By my review through Thursday morning, the count was 39-6 in favor of the federal plan to reduce carbon pollution and related ill health effects.[read more]

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How Big of a Deal is the Clean Power Plan? Comparisons to Other U.S. Climate Policies

August 7, 2015 by Michael Craig

Clean Power Plan Policy Comparisons

As any regular reader of the Energy Collective knows, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) on Monday. There’s been a debate over just how important the final CPP actually is and how it stacks up against prior actions taken by the U.S. to reduce CO2 emissions.[read more]

The Clean Power Plan Offers Hope for the Oceans

August 7, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Government Policy and Ocean Health

U.S. marine ecosystems and fisheries have long been an economic engine and cultural source of wealth for our country. Which is why we must take action against the triple threat carbon pollution poses for our oceans: ocean warming, reduced oxygen levels, and ocean acidification.[read more]

What's Actually in The Brand New Clean Power Plan?

August 7, 2015 by Brian H. Potts
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Clean Power Plan Analysis

It’s a completely different rule than the one that the EPA proposed last year. The start date is different, the way that the EPA calculated the standards is different, the methods of compliance are different, the types of sources subject to the rule are different, and even the legal justifications are different.[read more]

Clearing the Air

August 6, 2015 by Alex Trembath
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Analyzing the Clean Power Plan

The final rule of the Clean Power Plan projects to reduce US power sector carbon emissions by 32% by 2030. That's awesome. But by allowing existing nuclear capacity to close and be replaced by fossil fuels, the CPP jeopardizes almost one-half of EPA's emissions reduction goals from 2013 to 2030.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Is Obama's Signature Climate Plan Really That Ambitious? [PODCAST]

August 6, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

This week, the Obama administration finally completed its landmark climate rule that will require states to cut power plant carbon emissions. It's been hailed by supporters as historic, and demonized by opponents as an economic threat. But is it really all that big of a deal? That depends on how you look at it.[read more]

Cities Should Engage with the Clean Power Plan, Here's How

August 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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With the final Clean Power Plan rule out now, many states will soon begin a thorough stakeholder engagement process to build out implementation plans. And there's a powerful leadership voice we should be paying attention to - the voice of cities.[read more]

President Obama's Clean Power Plan to Reduce Emissions

August 5, 2015 by Henry Auer

Examining the Clean Power Plan

Global warming affects all humankind. Changing weather patterns, consisting of greater and more frequent weather extremes have become more and more common in recent years and decades. Around the world, extreme rains and floods, droughts and unprecedented sea level rise have occurred.[read more]