Comments are required on the US Federal Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule by October 16, 2014.
The Proposed Rule will establish state-level Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units.
The US Federal Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is proposing emission guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to address greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units.
Specifically, the USEPA is proposing state-specific rate-based goals for carbon dioxide emissions (per megawatt hour of electricity produced) from the power sector, as well as guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to achieve the state-specific goals.
This rule, as proposed, would continue progress already underway to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants in the United States. The plan aims to cut the emissions of the US power sector 30 per cent on 2005 levels over the next sixteen years.
The USEPA aims to have final rules in force by June 2015. States will have until 30 June 2016 to submit plans explaining how they will meet this target. States may plead for up to two years’ extra time.
The proposal covers emissions from 1,600 existing coal and gas-fired power stations across the US. Regulations limiting emissions from new power stations are already in the pipeline.
Information about the proposal is found here.