What is the EPA Clean Power Plan?

The Clean Power Plan was an Obama administration policy aimed at combating anthropogenic climate change (global warming) that was first proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June 2014. The final version of the plan was unveiled by President Obama on August 3, 2015.

What is the current status of the Clean Power Plan?

The Clean Power Plan established emission guidelines for states to follow in limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing power plants. EPA repealed the CPP in June 2019 and replaced it with the Affordable Clean Energy rule.

How much will the Clean Power Plan cost?

According to the economic consulting firm NERA, the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan could be the most expensive regulation ever imposed on the power sector, costing between $41 billion and $73 billion per year.

Did the Clean Power Plan Pass?

House. In December 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution repealing the Clean Power Plan’s provision mandating CO2 reductions from existing power plants by a vote of 242 to 180. In addition, the House passed a resolution repealing CO2 reductions for newly built power plants by a vote of 235 to 188.

How does the Clean Power Plan Work?

First, the Clean Power Plan establishes national carbon dioxide emissions performance rates for existing coal- and gas-fired power plants. Each state then has an opportunity to adopt its own plan―including enforceable emissions limits―for its coal and gas plants.

Why did the EPA repeal the Clean Power Plan?

On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, EPA repealed the Clean Power Plan (CPP) because the CPP exceeded EPA’s statutory authority under the Clean Air Act (CAA). The CPP was premised on a novel and expansive view of agency authority that is inconsistent with the CAA and therefore must be repealed.

Why the Clean Power Plan is good?

The Clean Power Plan would reduce carbon emissions from power plant smokestacks — and by doing so it would also create new opportunities to continue development of the strong, vibrant clean energy economy that is creating prosperity.

When did the Clean Power Plan end?

June 19, 2019
On June 19, 2019, the Trump administration signed a final rule doing away with the Clean Power Plan and putting in place a harmful and unlawful replacement.

What happened to the affordable clean energy rule?

ACE would replace the 2015 Clean Power Plan, which EPA has proposed to repeal because it exceeded EPA’s authority. The Clean Power Plan was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court and has never gone into effect.

What was the purpose of Trump’s affordable clean energy rule?

On August 21, 2018, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed the Affordable Clean Energy rule (ACE) which would establish emission guidelines for states to develop plans to address greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.

What happened to the Affordable Clean Energy rule?

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