A quick look at EPA’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 nation’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 nation’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 driver’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.