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Toolkit for Reducing Carbon Pollution in the Power Sector

Toolkit for Reducing Carbon Pollution in the Power Sector

In preparation for the upcoming EPA rule that seeks to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector, the Georgetown Climate Center has produced a number of resources to assist states, stakeholders, and members of the media.


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Working with Stakeholders to Inform Federal Standards to Reduce Carbon Pollution

The Georgetown Climate Center works closely with states and other stakeholders to inform the development of federal carbon pollution standards for power plants and to serve as a resource for states exploring compliance approaches under these standards.

The Transportation and Climate Initiative

The TCI is a regional collaboration of 12 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic jurisdictions that seeks to develop the clean energy economy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector. The TCI is facilitated and staffed by the Georgetown Climate Center.

Clean Power Plan Tool Kit

The Georgetown Climate Center develops legal and policy resources for states and other stakeholders to inform the development and implementation of EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector. This work features the following interactive tools, research, and materials.

Comments on Clean Power Plan Federal Plan Requirements and Model Trading Rules
January 21, 2016

The Georgetown Climate Center submitted comments in response to the proposed Clean Power Plan Federal Plan Requirements and Model Trading Rules. These comments were built on discussions the Center had with states as they consider their options for developing plans, and on prior research conducted by the Center on the linking of subnational emissions trading programs, but they do not necessarily reflect the views of individual states.


Memorandum: Policy Considerations for the Maryland Climate Change Commission
November 22, 2015

This memorandum identifies policy issues that may be of interest to the Maryland Climate Change Commission as it drafts its November 2015 report on the status of Maryland’s climate change efforts and recommendations for legislative action,1 and as its considers topics for its 2016 agenda. This memorandum focuses on issues relating to the evaluation of Maryland’s progress towards its 2020 goal with regard to fuel switching in the power sector, projected changes in vehicle miles traveled, and future growth of electric vehicles. It also provides context regarding other states that have set emission reduction goals for years between 2025 and 2035, and identifies potential additional emission reduction policies that could achieve reductions in future years.


Supporting State Plan Compatibility and Interstate Compliance with the Clean Power Plan
July 7, 2015

The Georgetown Climate Center has released a working paper identifying opportunities for guidance and tools from the Environmental Protection Agency to support the development of state plans that are compatible with each other, and facilitate interstate compliance with the Clean Power Plan. As states and stakeholders consider options to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan requirements to reduce emissions from the power sector, there is growing interest in developing individual state plans that give regulated entities the option of working across multiple states to achieve compliance.  


Single State Clean Power Plan Compliance Approaches with Interstate Elements
May 28, 2015

The Georgetown Climate Center has released a policy brief providing an overview of considerations for single-state Clean Power Plan compliance plans that would allow for the option of interstate trading of compliance instruments. This document examines how such programs could work under both rate-based and mass-based models of compliance.


An Overview of Potential Clean Power Plan Compliance Pathways
January 14, 2015

The Georgetown Climate Center has released a policy brief highlighting potential approaches that states could use to comply with the EPA's Clean Power Plan—the agency's proposed rule to limit carbon pollution from the power sector.


States Voice Strong Support for EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan
December 1, 2014

In a letter to U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, environment and energy leaders from 14 states expressed strong support for the agency’s proposed Clean Power Plan.



Summary of the EPA's Notice of Data Availability for the Clean Power Plan
November 6, 2014

This document provides a summary of EPA’s Notice of Data Availability issued October 28, 2014, which supplements EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan regulation to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants.


Charging Ahead – Options for Policymakers Regarding the Regulation of Electric Vehicle Charging Markets
June 17, 2014

This paper provides an overview of the market for electric vehicle charging services, identifies actors and actions that might warrant regulation, and poses questions for policymakers to consider in determining the role that governments should play.



Detailed Summary of the EPA's Proposed Rule to Limit Carbon Pollution from the Power Sector
June 13, 2014

This document provides a summary of EPA’s recently proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants.  It contains a particular focus on elements of the proposal that may be of interest to the states.



Percent Changes Needed to Acheive EPA's State-by-State Carbon Pollution Goals
June 3, 2014

The Georgetown Climate Center has compiled data from EPA's supporting documents to help states, reporters, and stakeholders better understand what the new carbon pollution limits in the power sector mean for each state.


Get an Insider's View on the Clean Power Plan Case
September 28, 2016

Hear directly from litigants in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals case challenging the Obama Administration's signature climate change action. Watch video from this event.


California Enacts Bill Setting 2030 GHG Goal, Authorizing State Action
September 8, 2016

On September 8, 2016, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that sets a binding 2030 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction target of forty percent below 1990 levels.


California Is First State to Release Draft Plan to Comply with Federal Clean Power Plan
August 3, 2016

On August 2, 2016, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released its draft plan for complying with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector.


New Guidance Directs Federal Agencies to Assess GHG Emissions, Climate Impacts in Environmental Reviews
August 2, 2016

On August 2, 2016, the White House Council on Environmental Quality released final guidance on how federal agencies are to incorporate climate change considerations in their review of federal “actions” under the National Environmental Policy Act.


California Releases Proposal to Extend its Carbon Cap-and-Trade Program through 2031
July 12, 2016

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has released a preliminary draft of proposed amendments to extend and improve the operation of California’s carbon emissions trading program.


EPA Releases Additional Information on Proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program, As Requested by States
June 20, 2016

EPA recently released the proposed design details of the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), which is an optional, voluntary program that states can participate in under the Clean Power Plan.


U.S. Energy Policy in the 2016 Elections and Beyond: Incremental or Transformational?
April 29, 2016

he Georgetown Climate Center's Vicki Arroyo, U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer, and former Colorado Gov. Ritter discussed state and city energy leadership at an April 26 CSIS event. The panel was moderated by Kyle Danish, senior associate of the Energy and National Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and partner at Van Ness Feldman. Much of the conversation focused on the Clean Power Plan.


States Ask EPA to Provide Model Rule, Other Information on Clean Power Plan
April 28, 2016

Yesterday, environmental agency officials from 14 states asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide more information and assistance related to the Clean Power Plan.


Long History of State Actions to Cut Carbon Pollution Will Continue
December 3, 2015

On the heels of last week's announcement by five northeast states and the District of Columbia that they will start developing potential market-based policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation,...


State, Power Company, and EPA Officials Discuss Implementation of Clean Power Plan
October 14, 2015

The Georgetown Climate Center recently hosted the sixth in a series of dialogues among senior state and power company leaders, NGOs, experts, and federal officials to further discuss implementation issues and state...


Legal Innovation Within Old Laws - GELR Symposium
March 2, 2016

On Feb. 25, leading environmental law experts and Georgetown Law students discussed the Supreme Court's recent stay of the Clean Power Plan and ways that current statutes can help address some of our most pressing...


Insights into the Making of Climate Policy
May 29, 2014

The Georgetown Climate Center recently hosted a conversation about state and federal climate policymaking with leading state officials and academic experts. This April 7 event was sponsored by the Center and the...