The State 111(d) Resource Hub will provide 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 rulemaking will set guidelines for states to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The rule, known as the Clean Power Plan, was released by EPA on June 2, 2014. It 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 Proposed Rule and background information, including an "EPA Fact Sheet on Setting State Goals to Cut Carbon Pollution", are available on the EPA website.
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 proposed 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 so called “3N” group—to develop and set forth principles on how energy efficiency programs could be used as one way to comply with these pending federal emission reduction requirements for existing power plants.
Key Section 111(d) and Clean Power Plan Resources
NASEO Affiliate Member 111(d) Resources
Additional 111(d) Resources