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Trump's New Affordable Clean Energy Rule Fast Facts (Reg. & Leg.)
Clean Power Plan
On August 21, 2018, the U.S. EPA proposed the Trump administration's Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule which would establish emission guidelines for states to develop plans to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.
The ACE rule would replace the 2015 (Obama administration) Clean Power Plan (CPP) which EPA has proposed to repeal because it "exceeded EPA's authority." The CPP was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court and has never gone into effect.
The ACE rule has several components: a determination of the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for GHG emissions from coal-fired power plants, a list of "candidate technologies" states can use when developing their plans, a new preliminary applicability test for determining whether a physical or operational change made to a power plant may be a "major modification" triggering New Source Review, and new implementation
regulations for emission guidelines under Clean Air Act section 111(d). The EPA notes that
with CO2 emissions steadily declining:
EPA projects that, compared to a no CPP scenario, the ACE rule will reduce CO2 emissions in 2025 by between 13 and 30 million short tons, resulting in $1.6 billion in monetized domestic climate benefits;
EPA estimates that the ACE rule could reduce 2030 CO2
emissions by an amount equivalent to the annual emissions of up to 5 million cars. The rule could also reduce co-pollutant emissions by up to 2 pct.;
These illustrative scenarios suggest that when states have fully implemented the ACE rule, U.S. power sector CO2 emissions could be around 34 pct below 2005 levels;
CO2 emissions in the power sector have steadily declined in recent years due to a range of factors including market forces, technology improvements, regulatory and policy changes. As a result, the industry has increased the use of natural gas and renewable energy sources; These trends have resulted in CO2 emission reductions even as the U.S. has sustained economic growth and job gains across the economy without the
(Obama) Clean Power Plan ever going into effect;
The (Trump) ACE rule will continue this trend;
The power sector emitted roughly 1.9 billion tons of CO2 in 2017, compared to 2.7 billion tons in 2005 -- a 28 pct decrease.
Approximately 600 coal-fired electric generating units at 300 facilities could be covered by the ACE rule.
According to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), the U.S. leads the world in reducing CO2
emissions with U.S. energy-related
CO2 emissions falling by 14 pct between 2005 to 2017,
with coal-related CO2 emissions down 39 pct over that period. During that time, global energy-related CO2
emissions rose by 21 pct.
More information and additional fact sheets along with copies of the proposed rule and accompanying Regulatory
Impact Analysis are available
(Source: US EPA, EIA, 27 Aug., 2018)
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