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State regulators, utilities see advantages in mass-based approach to EPA rule


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

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U.S. EPA’s draft Clean Power Plan prompted concerns last year about a “dash to gas” — a wide-scale, costly build-out of natural-gas-fired generation to replace retiring coal plants.

The final plan issued Aug. 3, which is more geared toward facilitating emissions allowance trading, seems instead to be inciting another race — one toward mass-based compliance plans.

A key “threshold” decision facing state regulators as they look to begin crafting compliance plans — whether to choose rate- or mass-based approaches — dominated much of the discussion yesterday during a workshop here on the Clean Power Plan.

The daylong meeting was organized by the Bipartisan Policy Center and nonprofit Great Plains Institute. It is a follow-up to a similar conference in June that was hosted by the same groups.