In this issue of EM, you will find a discussion of the divisive subject of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finalized regulations for new, existing, modified, and reconstructed electric power plants, The Clean Power Plan.
Inside This Month's Issue
The Clean Power Plan … Pause by John Kinsman
EM tackles the divisive subject of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) finalized regulations for new, existing, modified, and reconstructed electric power plants. This month’s issue considers the states’ and the power sector’s reactions to what is being described by some as EPA’s landmark action to curb carbon pollution. EPA says the Clean Power Plan (CPP) to address carbon dioxide emissions from existing electric generating units, along with a proposed federal plan and model trading rules to implement the CPP, is one of the most significant steps the United States has taken to combat climate change and protect future generations and shows the world that the United States is committed to leading global efforts to address climate change. The surprising decision by the U.S. Supreme Court this week to stay EPA's actions, effectively puts everything on hold, however. In this issue, EPA discusses these actions, while the two major affected stakeholder groups, the states and the electric power sector, provide some reactions. These articles were crafted prior to the Supreme Court stay, and while some articles were able to include updates before press time, they nonetheless present the program in review and raise key issues associated with the final rule and its implementation.