A quick look at EPAâ€™s 30 by 30 Clean Power Plan (and what it means)
The Environmental Protection Agency on Monday released its rule mandating that carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants be cut 30% by 2030. The plan will not be in effect for at least two years, to give states time to prepare and propose their individual plans. But there is certain to be a lot of maneuvering, debate and legal challenges in the interim. We thought you would like to take a look at a bare bones explanation of the plan, courtesy of DOE. A link to the 645-page plan is included as are other related resources.
Proposed EPA Rules Will Cut Carbon Pollution While Maintaining Reliability
By Melanie Kenderdine
Historically, the electric utility sector has a strong track record of maintaining the reliability of our nationâ€™s electric grid. Working collaboratively, federal and state governments, regulators, utilities, grid operators and other stakeholders have developed technologies, tools and procedures to protect our nationâ€™s critical infrastructure. That record goes back decades and is one that should make us all proud.
Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed a plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants. EPA's proposal -- called the Clean Power Plan -- will cut power sector emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Power plants are the largest source of U.S. carbon pollution, and this plan is a major step in addressing climate change and its impacts on public health. Learn more about the rule here.
In addition, the Plan puts states in the driverâ€™s seat and gives them sufficient flexibility to use all the tools at their disposal to meet the requirements of the rule while maintaining the reliability of the electric system.