U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan – 111(d) Rules
U.S. Supreme Court Stays the Final Clean Power Plan
On February 9, 2016, the Supreme Court stayed implementation of the Clean Power Plan pending judicial review. As a result, the Division of Air Pollution Control (DAPC) has greatly scaled back activities associated with the Clean Power Plan.
Final Clean Power Plan and Proposed Federal Plan
On Aug. 3, 2015, U.S. EPA announced the final rules for the Clean Power Plan (CPP). U.S. EPA’s purpose of the CPP is to reduce carbon (CO2) pollution from existing fossil fuel based electricity-generating power plants by 32 percent nationwide from 2005 levels by the year 2030. To reach this overall goal U.S. EPA has developed state-specific CO2 reduction targets, taking into account each state’s electricity generation mix. Each respective state is responsible for developing a plan to achieve their carbon reduction targets which begin in 2022 and end in 2030. In addition, on Aug. 3, 2015, U.S. EPA released a proposed federal plan and two model rules. U.S. EPA will apply the federal plan to states that choose not to develop a plan, or those that submit an unapprovable plan. The "model rules” are being proposed as an option states may use as a presumptively approvable plan. U.S. EPA accepted comments on the proposed federal plan and model rules through Jan. 21, 2016.
Outreach and Engagement Efforts
Ohio EPA and the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) hosted an information session for interested parties on December 2, 2015. During the meeting, Ohio EPA and PUCO explained the CPP requirements, Ohio’s plan to engage interested parties and vulnerable communities, and answered initial questions. The following materials are available from the session:
As part of Ohio’s CPP outreach and engagement efforts, five Regional Listening Sessions were being planned for early 2016. Ohio EPA will not be moving forward with the listening sessions at this time due to the U.S. Supreme Court stay.
Proposed Clean Power Plan
U.S. EPA’s proposal for the CPP was announced on June 2, 2014. During the proposal period, Ohio EPA worked closely with the PUCO and collected input from interested parties on how this rule package would affect Ohio. Comments on the proposed plan were submitted by Ohio EPA to U.S. EPA on Dec. 1, 2014 (see pull-down menu below). In addition, on Dec. 19, 2014, Ohio EPA submitted supplemental comments to U.S. EPA on the proposed CPP.