GHG Regulation of Existing Power Plants under the Clean Air Act

President Obama has directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to issue final regulations for the existing fleet of power plants by June 2015. Understanding the mechanics of such regulations is essential for policymakers, industry and other stakeholders. To advance constructive dialogue on this complex and important topic, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) Energy Project, along with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, is convening a series of workshops in the coming months.

BPC intends to work with a broad set of stakeholders to design the workshop series. Future discussions will consider the varied approaches that states have underway to regulate the power sector and will investigate analytic approaches to assess the costs, environmental impacts and regional implications of GHG policies.

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Greenhouse Gas Regulation of Existing Power Plants Under the Clean Air Act: Key Themes Emerging from the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Workshop Series

Compliance Pathways Under the Clean Power Plan

The proposed regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. There are several compliance pathways, or policy designs, that states may consider in developing implementation plans. If you are looking to learn about them or explain them to someone else, review BPC Energy’s latest graphics on three of these approaches to 111(d) implementation, including:

Track the Clean Power Plan

BPC's Clean Power Plan Comments Map allows you to search and view written comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from state and federal officials concerning 111(d) regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants. The map also provides some key facts about states’ political and electricity sector makeup, including information about each state’s energy policies, carbon emissions, electric capacity mix, and political affiliations. View the full interactive.

EPA clean power plan comments map


Early Action in the Clean Power Plan
September 25, 2014

Discussing EPA's Newly Released Section 111(d) Power Sector Proposal
June 18, 2014

State, Regional and Company Approaches to Reduce Power Sector GHG Emissions
April 7, 2014

Policy Design and Impacts
December 6, 2013

What Is It All About and How Will It Work?
September 25, 2013

Press Releases

On June 18, Sue Tierney and Jeff Holmstead Discuss Section 111(d) Power Sector Proposal
May 28, 2014

New Economic Modeling Illustrates How Regulating Greenhouse Gases Could Affect the Power Sector
May 26, 2014

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and NARUC President Colette Honorable Will Keynote April 7 BPC-NARUC Conference
March 12, 2014

Speakers Confirmed for BPC's December Workshop on Policy Design and Impacts of Section 111(d) Regulations
November 19, 2013

Heather Zichal to Keynote the Bipartisan Policy Center's September 25 Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Regulation
September 18, 2013

New Series at the Bipartisan Policy Center Tackles Greenhouse Gas Regulation of Power Plants
August 13, 2013

Modeling Results

Power Sector Transition: GHG Policy and Other Key Drivers
May 26, 2014

Blog Posts

Compliance Pathways Under the Proposed Clean Power Plan
September 22, 2014

5 Things We Found: GHG Regulation of Existing Power Plants
June 3, 2014

Five Things to Look for in the Upcoming GHG Regulation of Existing Power Plants
May 27, 2014

Supreme Court Validates EPA’s Interpretation of Clean Air Act Authority
May 6, 2014

Court Upholds Power Sector Environmental Regulation
April 18, 2014

A Tale of Four Models: Modeling Insights from GHG Regulation Workshop
January 8, 2014

Leaders in Energy Policy Headline BPC's Greenhouse Gas Regulation Workshop
January 6, 2014

10 Must-See Slides from BPC’s December 6 Workshop on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Regulations
December 12, 2013

Court Sends EPA Back to the Drawing Board Again as States are Left Waiting for Relief
August 24, 2013

Projected Impact of Changing Conditions on Electricity Generation
July 30, 2013

The Clock Is Ticking: President Obama Sets the Calendar for EPA Action on Power Plant Carbon Regulation
July 8, 2013