July/August 2015  
TCR Newsletter  
Dear friends and colleagues, 

Last week , the U.S. EPA finalized the Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon pollution from existing U.S. power plants 32 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels. This historic rulemaking addresses the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. and will reduce the soot and smog that harm health while advancing clean energy, and laying the foundation for the long-term strategy needed to tackle climate change.

The Clean Power Plan sets state-specific reduction targets for existing power plants coupled with flexible options to achieve those reductions, including energy efficiency and interstate credit and allowance trading, supported by EPA-approved or administered tracking systems such as TCR's proposed Energy Efficiency Registry.

The release of the final Clean Power Plan marks a seminal moment in U.S. climate and energy policy. States on TCR's board, TCR members and other stakeholders across the political spectrum now have an exciting opportunity to work together to develop implementation approaches to the Clean Power Plan. TCR staff look forward to working with our community to develop solutions and strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in coordination with this regulation, such as our proposed Energy Efficiency Registry, which seeks to lower compliance costs for states, reduce hurdles to implementing high-quality energy efficiency projects , and open new market opportunities for businesses.

My very best,
 
David Rosenheim
Executive Director 
Key Updates to U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan

The finalization of U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan relied on an unprecedented public engagement process following the release of the draft plan in June of 2014. In response to the over 4.3 million comments received on that document, the following key changes were implemented:
  • More uniform state targets were set based on opportunities for improving efficiency at power plants, shifting generation from coal to natural gas, and shifting generation to renewables.
  • Final state plan submissions may be submitted as late as September 2018, to allow states the time to craft and support more sophisticated and cost effective plans.
  • EPA-developed both state-specific rate and mass-based target options, to reduce uncertainty around acceptable state-derived mass-based targets.
  • A more gradual interim goal strategy was included to ensure progress towards final targets.
  • Backstops were included to help preserve grid reliability
  • The Clean Energy Incentive Program was established to incentivize early investment in renewables and low income energy efficiency.
In addition to the final Clean Power Plan, U.S. EPA proposed a state-specific federal plan, two model trading rules for use by any state, and draft evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) guidance for demand-side energy efficiency. The proposed federal plan would go into effect should a state not submit an approved state plan by the deadline. However, states will always have the option to submit full or partial plans after the federal rule is implemented. The state model trading rules are provided as part of the federal plan, to help states develop trading-ready plans that can be implemented without pre-existing interstate agreements. Finally, the draft EM&V guidance for demand-side energy efficiency will help states participating in rate-based plans ensure emission reduction credits are properly quantified and verified.

U.S. EPA will be accepting comments on the proposed federal plan and model rules (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ- OAR-2015-0199) and the draft EM&V guidance for 90 days following the publication of the proposed federal plan and model rules in the Federal Register. Comments on the draft EM&V guidance must be emailed to emvinput@epa.gov.
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TCR welcomes a new intern

 

We're pleased to welcome Evan Healey to the TCR team this summer. Evan joins our team as a summer intern from Northern Arizona University's master's program in Climate Science & Solutions. When he's not busy with classes or working for TCR, Evan likes to compete in triathlons and plays golf and hockey. Welcome, Evan!  

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