This month the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) released its Clean Power Plan proposal. The Plan cuts carbon pollution from existing power plants, which according to the EPA is the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. The Agency says the proposal will protect public health, move the United States toward a cleaner environment, fight climate change and continue to supply Americans with reliable and affordable power. Milestones and goals of the plan include:

  • Reduce carbon emission from the power sector to 30 percent below 2005 levels
  • Reduce electricity bills by approximately 8 percent by increasing energy efficiency and reducing demand in the electricity system.

The Clean Power Plan provides guidelines for states to develop plans to meet state-specific goals to reduce carbon pollution and gives them the flexibility to design a program that makes the most sense for their unique situations. States can choose the right mix of generation using diverse fuels, energy efficiency and demand-side management to meet the goals and their own needs. It allows them to work alone to develop individual plans or to work together with other states to develop multi-state plans. States better get busy because a year will fly by. Here are the proposed state plan dates:

June 30, 2016 – Initial plan or complete plan due
June 30, 2017 – Complete individual plan due if state is eligible for a one-year extension
June 30, 2018 – Complete multi‐state plan due if state is eligible for two-year extension (with progress report due June 30, 2017)

EPA is accepting comments and will hold four public hearings for the Clean Power Plan the week of July 28, 2014. The hearings will provide interested parties the opportunity to present data, views or arguments concerning the proposed action. The hearings will be held on: