Past Seminar

Making Sense of EPA’s Proposed Rule for Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Existing Power Plants

Jun 5, 2014

About the Event

Panel discussion

There are reasons to think that the potential emissions reductions achieved within the electricity sector under EPA’s Clean Power Plan, implemented under its Clean Air Act authority, could be as great as what would have been accomplished under the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (Waxman-Markey). Also, analysis by RFF researchers has shown that these EPA regulations could be cost-effective, depending on how they are implemented. A variety of options are available to the states and EPA to help meet these new standards for greenhouse gas emissions while also meeting the needs of each state’s constituents. Experts at this seminar discussed the new proposed rule and the challenges and opportunities that implementing the rule might bring.

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8:30 – 9:00 a.m.

Light breakfast​​

9:00 9:10 a.m.


9:10 ​ 9:25 a.m.

Overview of EPA's Proposed Rule

  • Reid Harvey, Director, Clean Air Markets Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs, US Environmental Protection Agency (Download presentation)

9:25 ​ 9:40 a.m.

Commentary on EPA's Proposed Rule

9:40 10:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion on EPA's Proposed Rule: Challenges and Opportunities
Moderated by Phil Sharp

  • Jeffrey Holmstead, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani
  • Benjamin Longstreth, Senior Attorney, Climate and Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Nathan Richardson, Resident Scholar, RFF

10:15 10:30 a.m.​

Q&A and adjourn



  • Phil Sharp, Fellow, The Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs; former President, RFF
  • Dallas Burtraw, Darius Gaskins Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future
  • Nathan Richardson, University Fellow, Resources for the Future; Assistant Professor of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law