Clean Power Plan
With regulatory authority stemming from the Clean Air Act, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan targets emissions from existing power plants and outlines state-by-state reduction goals. RFF researchers are analyzing a variety of policy solutions for states to achieve compliance.
Journal Article — Apr 9, 2019
The Affordable Clean Energy Rule and the Impact of Emissions Rebound on Carbon Dioxide and Criteria Air Pollutant Emissions
Although the ACE reduces the emissions intensity of coal plants, it is expected to increase the number of operating coal plants and amount of coal-fired electricity generation, with 28% of model plants showing higher CO2 emissions in 2030 compared to no policy.
Working Paper — Feb 1, 2019
Discounting for Public Cost–Benefit Analysis
How to bound the discount rate for a general pattern of benefits over time.
Working Paper — Aug 21, 2018
Carbon Standards Examined
A comparison of power plant carbon standards
Workshops & Seminars — Dec 13, 2017
What Does Repeal of the Clean Power Plan Mean for Future Climate and Energy Policies?
The Trump administration’s move to repeal the Clean Power Plan includes a revised estimate of the social cost of carbon as well as different approaches for considering ancillary public health benefits and the savings from improved fuel efficiency. This RFF seminar explored the implications of these revisions for the Clean Power Plan itself and for potential future energy and climate policies.
Workshops & Seminars — Apr 5, 2016
Politics, Power Plants, and the “War on Coal”
In their new book, Struggling for Air: Power Plants and the “War on Coal”,* Richard L. Revesz and Jack Lienke explain how the US Environmental Protection Agency’s recent restrictions on pollution from coal-fired power plants fit within the broader historical context of our nation’s five-decade struggle to achieve clean air in every American community.
Workshops & Seminars — Feb 11, 2016
The Impact of the Clean Power Plan: Modeling for Strategic Insights
The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan—the first national standard to target carbon dioxide emissions from the electric power sector—is intended to reduce emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. However, industry leaders, policymakers, and the public still have questions about how the Clean Power Plan will impact the mix of power generation, the interconnected grid, cross-state electricity markets, and how consumers use electricity.
Press Release — May 21, 2019
New Episode of Resources Radio on How the Trump Administration’s ACE Rule Affects Emissions
Media Highlight — Sep 14, 2018
The Trump Administration’s Clean Power Plan Replacement – For Many States, Worse Than Doing Nothing
Media Highlight — Aug 27, 2018