The American Public Power Association supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy Rule to regulate greenhouse gas emissions at the generating unit level by improving efficiency as the best system of emission reduction.
The ACE Rule offers a framework that allows states to tailor their plans based on state and local market conditions and established emission policies. The proposal gives states the flexibility to regulate emissions at the plant level while considering factors like remaining useful life.
Carbon-dioxide emissions from the U.S. power sector have declined 28 percent since 2005. Public power utilities have supported this decline by investing in low and non-emitting generation from solar, wind, hydro, nuclear, and natural gas. Many Association members continue to actively reduce emissions in coordination with local, state, and regional programs targeting standards exceeding those in the proposed ACE Rule.
The EPA proposal respects the legal limits of the Clean Air Act and aligns with prior Supreme Court rulings on emissions.
The Association supports EPA’s proposed changes to certain requirements of section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to align implementing regulations with statute and remove barriers to implement heat rate improvement projects.
The Association also supports EPA’s decision to revise the Clean Air Act’s New Source Review program by adopting an hourly emissions test when considering a power plant modification under the program.
We look forward to EPA finalizing the ACE Rule so community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities can continue to safely provide reliable, low-cost electricity to more than 49 million Americans, while protecting the environment.