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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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:
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.
Early Action in the Clean Power Plan
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Policy Design and Impacts
December 6, 2013
What Is It All About and How Will It Work?
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Compliance Pathways Under the Proposed Clean Power Plan
September 22, 2014
Court Upholds Power Sector Environmental Regulation
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