On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) unveiled an historic proposal to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s power plants to 30% below 2005 levels by 2030. The ambitious and flexible proposed regulations would see each state develop it’s own plan to cut power sector carbon emissions using a variety of options, from improving power plant efficiency or capturing CO2 at smokestacks to “beyond the fence” measures to increase the use of clean energy, improve end-use energy efficiency, or even join or create interstate markets for carbon trading.
All week, experts at TheEnergyCollective.com have been reacting to and dissecting the EPA’s new regulations. Today, I moderated a live videocast with Energy Collective experts and featured columnists Geoff Styles, Matthew Stepp (of The Capitol Energy Report) and John Miller (of Energy and Policy Developments). (Jim Pierobon of Game Changers also joined briefly but was disconnected due to technical difficulties).
We covered the hot topics and key questions that have surfaced about EPA regulations:
- How does EPA establish CO2 reduction targets for each state?
- What options do states have to comply with the EPA CO2 targets?
- What legal challenges will the proposed rule face?
- What impacts will the regulations have on the U.S. energy mix?
- How might the new EPA regulations affect international negotiations over climate change?
- Will the EPA rules drive new energy innovation?
Watch the video above and continue the discussion below in the comments or on Google Plus here.
Here’s a roundup of reactions and analysis on the EPA carbon regulations from TheEnergyCollective.com’s expert contributors:
- How Ambitious Are the EPA’s Proposed Carbon Dioxide Reductions? Alex Trembath and the Breakthrough Institute run the numbers.
- Energy Law Professor James Coleman with a guid to the Brewing Legal Storm of EPA’s Rules
- NRDC says EPA’s Clean Power Plan is A Breath of Fresh Air for Public Health
- Stephen Lacey says the EPA rules are the Biggest Clean Energy Boost Since the Stimulus
- US Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards Matter: Jake Schmidt at NRDC on the global implications of the climate rules
- Roger Pielke Jr offers his Perspectives on the the EPA Carbon Rules
- Matt Roberts says EPA Rules Pave the Way for Energy Storage Technologies
- Some critical context from the US Energy Information Administration: Recent Trends in Energy-Related CO2 Emissions Vary Across Regions and States
- Columbia University’s Stephen A Cohen offers Two Cheers for President Obama’s Proposed Climate Regulation
- The Brookings Institution’s Mark Muro says EPA’s Rules will Tackle Carbon from the Bottom Up
- Lou Grinzo chimes in with his Thoughts on the New EPA Rules here
- Jim Pierobon has 10 Key Questions for Assessing EPA’s Proposed Carbon Rules Under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act
Stay tuned for more expert analysis from TheEnergyCollective.com…