FINAL CPP RULE ISSUED AUGUST 3, 2015
The State 111(d) Resource Hub provides information for State Energy Offices on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) rulemaking for regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. The EPA rule sets guidelines for states to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
The final rule, known as the Clean Power Plan (CPP), was released by EPA on August 3, 2015. It is accompanied by a proposed Federal Plan and a model rule to assist states in implementing the CPP. Further, EPA also released final Carbon Pollution Standards for new, modified, and reconstructed power plants (New Source Performance Standards).
The CPP allows states to meet state-specific goals through a mix of strategies, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, and demand-side management. The Clean Power Plan rule and accompanying documents are posted at EPA’s Clean Power Plan website and are linked below. The EPA is also establishing a Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) to reward early investments in renewable energy and in demand-side energy efficiency serving low-income communities by providing additional Emission Rate Credits or emission allowances.
Energy efficiency programs—including ratepayer programs implemented by utilities and overseen by states and non-ratepayer programs operated by states—likely offer the most cost effective means for compliance under the pending EPA rule. Moreover, energy efficiency and renewable energy options may offer longer-term economic development benefits to the states. The State 111(d) Resource Hub provides a platform for states to exchange ideas, learn about the rule and the options for integrating energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies into state compliance plans, and consider how those options may impact state economic development and resiliency efforts.
While the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) has not taken a position on the merits of the rulemaking, we have partnered with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies—the “3N” group—to develop and set forth principles on how energy efficiency programs could be used as one way to comply with these federal emission reduction requirements for existing power plant.
For more information on NASEO CPP activities, please contact Rodney Sobin, Senior Program Director: firstname.lastname@example.org