[NEWS] EPA Proposes Rule to Replace Clean Power Plan
– by Erin Voegele, August 21, 2018, Biomass Magazine
On Aug. 21, the U.S. EPA released a proposed rule to create the Affordable Clean Energy program, which aims to establish emissions guidelines for states to develop plans to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing coal-fired power plants. The ACE rule would replace the Clean Power Plan, which the EPA proposed to repeal last year.
The CPP was first proposed by the EPA in June 2014 under the Obama administration. Final rules for the program were released in August 2015. In March 2017, an executive order signed by President Trump ordered a review of the program. A few months later, in October 2017, the EPA issued a proposed rulemaking to repeal the CPP.
A fact sheet released by the EPA indicates one major difference between the CPP and the ACE rule is that the CPP promoted disinvestment in coal in favor of renewables and natural gas, and relied on fuel switching. Alternatively, the ACE rule promotes investments to make coal plans cleaner and more efficient and does not promote fuel switching.