NASEO does not take a position on the Clean Power Plan, either pro or con. Over the past few years, NASEO has worked with the state energy officials, utility commissioners and state environmental officials to provide information to the states with program options, including energy efficiency and increased flexibility, as they prepare compliance plans to address existing and future environmental rules. In addition, NASEO has worked closely with the utility industry, manufacturers, representatives of low-income Americans and others, to ensure that educational materials are provided to our members, no matter how they individually or collectively respond to any rule.
NASEO comments on the CPP:
FINAL CPP RULE ISSUED AUGUST 3, 2015
The Energy-Air Resource Hub provides information for State Energy Offices on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) existing environmental rules impacting power plants, as well as the pending Clean Power Plan (CPP). 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 Energy-Air 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 energy-air activities, please contact Rodney Sobin, Senior Program Director: firstname.lastname@example.org