EPA's Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards

In April 2018, NC DEQ submitted the following comments on the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to repeal the Clean Power Plan.

In December 2017, EPA issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) to gather information from the public about a potential future rulemaking to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from electric utility generating units (EGUs).

In October 2017, EPA proposed to repeal the Clean Power Plan. EPA is accepting comment on the proposal until April 26, 2018.

In January 2016 following public hearings, a hearing officers’ report on the adoption of proposed rules to implement the Clean Power Plan was prepared and scheduled to be presented to the EMC at a February 16, 2016, special called meeting. Due to the February 9, 2016 U.S. Supreme Court decision staying the federal Clean Power Plan, the item was removed from the EMC special meeting agenda. The in-depth report (13,058 pages) prepared for that meeting is available from the Rules in the Hearing Process page.

In June 2016, EPA proposed the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) Design Details. The CEIP is an early action program under the Clean Power Plan that creates incentives to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at power plants and beyond power plants in the two years prior to the start of the CPP.

In August 2015, the United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA") finalized greenhouse gas ("GHG") emission guidelines for existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units ("EGUs"). The final guidelines can be found here. Additionally, EPA proposed a federal plan and model rules

The United States Environmental Protection Agency ("EPA"), in response to the President's June 2013 memorandum "Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards," is developing greenhouse gas ("GHG") emission standards for fossil fuel-fired electric generating units ("EGUs"). Specifically, the EPA is developing Clean Air Act ("CAA") §111 emission standards for new EGUs and emission guidelines for existing units.

In June 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new guidelines for its Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing carbon emissions from power plants. According to EPA, the guidelines would help cut national carbon emissions from electric generating units by about 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The EPA plans to adopt final guidelines by June 2015, with public hearings and other opportunities for public input during the interim period.