• EPA Proposes Clean Power Plan for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Electric Generating Units
  • June 11, 2014 | Authors: Casey F. Bradford; Christine M. Morgan; Jane K. Murphy; Charles T. Wehland
  • Law Firms: Jones Day - Atlanta Office ; Jones Day - Chicago Office
  • On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") issued a proposed rule to control carbon emissions from existing electric generating units ("EGUs"). Calling it the Clean Power Plan, EPA's proposed emission guidelines under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act ("CAA") suggest the establishment of statewide limits on carbon intensity to reduce greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions on a national level by 30 percent in 2030 compared to 2005 levels. The proposed limits for individual states vary from the national target based on the state's potential for renewable energy deployment, projected demand - side management savings, and capacity factors at natural gas combined cycle ("NGCC") units. EPA estimates that the proposal will lead to the retirement of nearly 50 GW of coal - fired EGUs and to at least a 25 percent decrease in coal production.