Monday, February 17, 2020

President Obama, EPA unveil final Clean Power Plan

President Barack Obama
President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy will unveil the final version of the Clean Power Plan today, the first-ever set limit on carbon emissions from existing power plants.

The latest piece of Obama’s Climate Action Plan is the result of extensive review of public and stakeholder input, including more than 4 million comments submitted during the rule’s public comment period. It stands to benefit Americans in terms of public health, job creation and energy prices.

The Clean Power Plan gives states a target of reducing carbon dioxide emissions to 32 percent less than the 2005 levels – which is 9 percent more than the rule’s initial proposal – by 2030. The rule gives states the flexibility to determine how they will reach the carbon standards, requiring an initial plan in September 2016 but allowing states to request up to two years of extensions before their final submissions.

The EPA projects energy savings for consumers totalling $155 billion between 2020 and 2030, and that the Clean Power Plan’s limits will spur imporvements to the existing energy grid and innovation in the renewable energy sector, including wind and solar power technology.

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