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  • Hear strategies states are using to comply with the Clean Power Plan
  • Learn the role solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, natural gas, and storage play in meeting 111(d) requirements
  • Discover the impacts on reliability and resource adequacy due to the CPP


Under the authority of the Clean Air Act section 111(d), the EPA issued the “Clean Power Plan” (CPP), which established state-by-state carbon emissions rate reduction targets and offers a flexible framework under which states may meet those targets. The final Clean Power Plan calls for a 32 percent reduction in power sector emissions from 2005 levels by 2030, equivalent to 870 million short tons of CO2 or the annual emissions resulting from the powering of 95 percent of U.S. homes. While the finalized rule is similar to the proposed rule, there are a number of key differences. The final goal is more aggressive than the proposed goal of 30 percent reductions, and cuts 70 million more tons of carbon. However, under this rule, the EPA is largely leaving the authority and approach of compliance up to the states, either individually or collectively as multi-state regions.

With flexibility comes major complexity leaving many states and stakeholders puzzled about how to shape and implement their compliance plans. Which, if any, CO2 reduction measures under BSER should be pursued to meet the target goal? Should states consider a rate-based or mass-based goal? What are the impacts on electric reliability? Is there adequate transmission capacity to support increased gas-fired generation and renewable energy development? Under this rule, what are the opportunities abound for clean energy providers and investments in renewable energy? Only those who critically understand the scope, implications, and nuances of the final rule will be able to successfully operate in this new business environment and capitalize on major opportunities.


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