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Why We Should Expect a Robust Market Response to EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

Jul 15, 2015 5:20:26 PM

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When EPA releases its much-anticipated final version of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) this summer, regulators and affected industry will shift into high gear as they consider implementation options. While there are many ways to comply, here’s one underlying reality: Given the opportunity, markets will respond. That’s the takeaway from a new report prepared by AEE Institute, based on a review of prior EPA regulations that allowed for market-based compliance. The report predicts that the CPP will spark a robust industry response and unlock a wide array of cost-competitive options – facilitating timely compliance and lowering cost.

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Topics: EPA GHG Regs

Can EPA Use Advanced Energy To Save Money for States and Consumers in a Federal Plan under the CPP? You bet.

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

May 21, 2015 5:04:55 PM

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While policy wonks wait with bated breath for release of EPA’s final Clean Power Plan, some of us in the advanced energy industry are just as eagerly awaiting EPA’s draft Federal Plan for compliance, which will be revealed at the same time. Why the excitement about a Federal Plan? Because the stakes are high: Not only will the Federal Plan serve as a model for states as they begin to consider compliance options for the final CPP, it will apply to any state that does not submit a plan that passes muster with EPA. Questions have been raised about whether EPA can incorporate advanced energy options like energy efficiency and demand response, renewable energy, and advanced grid technologies into a Federal Plan for compliance. Our answer: Yes, it can.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update, EPA GHG Regs

States “Just Say No” to McConnell’s Anti-EPA Campaign

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

Apr 14, 2015 11:43:26 AM

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With EPA’s Clean Power Plan scheduled for its first day in court on April 16, opposition to the rule has heated up on the Hill—or, more accurately, off the Hill. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) issued a call for states to “just say no” to EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) with an op-ed in the Lexington Herald-Ledger, then sent a letter to the governors of all 50 states advising them not to comply with the rule.

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Topics: EPA GHG Regs

Clean Power Plan vs. Reliability: A False Dilemma for States

Posted by Caitlin Marquis

Feb 19, 2015 11:57:37 AM

Ever since the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed Clean Power Plan last June, critics have raised concerns that the proposed regulation might jeopardize the reliability of our electricity system. Reliability has become a key policy talking-point, and for good reason: Nobody wants to see the lights go off. Reliable electricity is essential to our daily lives, our economy, our health, and our safety. According to a new report by The Brattle Group prepared for the Advanced Energy Economy Institute (AEEI), however, the Clean Power Plan will not come at the expense of reliability. As they continue policy discussions and begin to develop compliance plans, states and system operators should take notice.

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Read the full Brattle Group report here.

In the report, The Brattle Group addresses concerns voiced by the North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) in its Initial Reliability Review (IRR) of the Clean Power Plan, and finds that NERC not only overstated the potential problems, but also ignored key solutions.

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Topics: Federal Policy Update

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