The American Public Power Association (Association) welcomes the EPA’s final Affordable Clean Energy rule. It allows states to drive carbon dioxide reductions by improving the efficiency of power plants, as contemplated by Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
The final ACE rule provides a framework for states to tailor their emission reduction plans based on local market conditions and established emission policies. The rule gives states the flexibility to regulate emissions at the individual power plant level while considering factors such as a plant’s remaining useful life.
The final rule does not include amendments to the new source review (NSR) program. The Association believes that reforms to the NSR program are needed to ensure that proper efficiency measures can be undertaken at electric generating units.
Public power utilities have reduced CO2 emissions by 33 percent between 2005 and 2017 by investing in low and non-emitting generation from solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, and natural gas. Public power continues to reduce emissions through local, state, and regional programs.
Community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities remain steadfast in their commitment to providing reliable, low-cost, and environmentally responsible electricity to more than 49 million Americans.