Energy Study: EPA's Clean Power Plan Will Not Jeopardize the Reliability of US Power System

February 19, 2015

The design and implementation of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which is intended to reduce the US electric system's CO2 emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, will not jeopardize or compromise the reliability of the US power system, according to a study by Analysis Group energy experts. The report, "Electric System Reliability and EPA's Clean Power Plan: Tools and Practices," addresses the impact of ongoing changes in the energy industry for stakeholders and offers recommendations to ensure reliability.

The report demonstrates that "the industry, its reliability regulators, and the States have a wide variety of existing and modified tools at their disposal to help as they develop, formalize, and implement their respective State Plans." In particular, it notes that, "These two responsibilities - assuring electric system reliability while taking the actions required under law to reduce CO2 emissions from existing power plants - are compatible, and need not be in tension with each other as long as parties act in timely ways."

The Analysis Group team, led by Senior Advisor Susan Tierney, Vice President Paul Hibbard, and Manager Craig Aubuchon, analyzed the meaning of electric system reliability for key stakeholders, the concerns of commentators related to the EPA Clean Power Plan, and options to ensure that the plan is implemented in conjunction with electric system reliability.

Dr. Tierney has also provided comments on this study and related research at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Technical Conference on Environmental Regulations and Electric Reliability, Wholesale Electricity Markets, and Energy Infrastructure and given testimony before the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, Subcommittee on Interior.

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