EPA Releases Final Clean Power Plan Rule, Cites Analysis Group Research

August 10, 2015

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final version of its Clean Power Plan rule on Monday, August 3, which sets national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants by reducing CO2 emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030. President Barack Obama and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the final version, which included several updates to the proposed rule published in June 2014. As part of this process, the EPA received more than 4 million comments from public stakeholders on the draft plan's compliance targets, economic costs, and electric system reliability, among other issues.

A team from Analysis Group -- including Senior Advisor Susan Tierney, Vice Presidents Paul Hibbard and Andrea Okie, Managers Craig Aubuchon and Pavel Darling, and Associate Katie Franklin -- has conducted extensive research on the draft rule and the implications for states arising from implementation strategies and market design considerations. As part of this work, the Analysis Group team issued a series of reports on the Clean Power Plan and its economic and reliability impacts on states, independent system operators (ISOs), and other key stakeholders. The EPA cited two of these reports in their final plan. 

In discussing the role of compliance flexibility and the potential impacts on power system reliability, the EPA cited the authors' July 2014 report, "EPA's Clean Power Plan: States' Tools for Reducing Costs & Increasing Benefits to Consumers" (page 1139 of the rule), and their June 2015 report, "Electric System Reliability and EPA's Clean Power Plan: The Case of MISO" (page 1136 of the rule). Additional Clean Power Plan reports by Analysis Group team members include a review of compliance in competitive wholesale markets, an evaluation of the plan's impact on reliability in the PJM region, and multiple reports on the potential role of energy efficiency in states' compliance strategies.

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Read Analysis Group's Clean Power Plan reports: