RFF Initiative

The Future of Power: Regulating Carbon under the Clean Air Act

RFF researchers are analyzing the effectiveness, efficiency, and impacts of options for regulating carbon emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act and the Clean Power Plan.

The modern Clean Air Act, originally passed in 1970, has proven durable and flexible. Since 2007, the act has been used to regulate greenhouse gases that cause climate change, including standards for mobile emissions sources and preconstruction permitting of stationary sources.

The US Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of issuing carbon pollution standards for existing power plants (under the Clean Power Plan) as well as new power plants. Accordingly, the Clean Air Act has become the central vehicle for US climate policy.