EPA's Clean Power Plan Rule: Cutting carbon pollution from power plants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set the first ever carbon pollution limits for the nation’s existing power plants in August 2015. EPA's rule is called the Clean Power Plan, and was issued under the Clean Air Act.
Power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions. Greenhouse gases cause climate change and pose risks to our health and our economy.
Reducing Delaware's carbon pollution
The EPA's rule establishes state-specific goals to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. State’s can choose one of two pathways, reduce your carbon pollution rate of emission or the total amount of emissions (mass). An easy way to think of it is to compare it to your car’s fuel efficiency. It’s like either improving your car’s miles per gallon or reducing the amount of gas you use.
The EPA estimates that the Clean Power Plan will cut national carbon pollution from power plants by 32 percent from 2005 levels. Delaware and the other eight northeast and Mid-Atlantic states that form the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) have cumulatively reduced carbon pollution from power plants by 40 percent since 2005, while the regional economy has grown eight percent. Investments to date from this market-based program are projected to return more than $2 billion in lifetime energy bill savings to households and businesses in the region.
Getting Delaware citizens involved
States are required to develop plans that ensure they achieve the carbon pollution reduction goals. Initial state plans are due in September 2016 and with an extension the final plans are due by September 2018.
We want to hear your thoughts. To learn more about upcoming activities you can sign up for the Delaware Clean Power Plan email list, click here to be added to the Listserv.
NEW! Community Engagement Sessions
DNREC is planning a series of local community workshops to reach out to residents of disadvantaged communities, environmental groups and community-based organizations to inform them about plans to reduce carbon pollution from local power plants. The community events will serve as a platform to assess the needs of each community, and for the Department to receive feedback on ways to maximize carbon reductions by improving energy efficiency in our homes and businesses. Workshops are scheduled in each county on the following dates:
- Sussex County, August 23, 2016 – Millsboro Senior Center
- Kent County, August 24, 2016 – City of Dover Library
- New Castle County, August 25, 2016 – Edgemoor Community Center
Delaware Clean Power Plan / 2016 RGGI Program Review – Public Workshop & Listening Session, March 1, 2016The agenda and presentation materials can be found below:
DNREC held a workshop and listening session to inform and hear from Delawareans as the Department continues to prepare its plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. DNREC presented an outline of its current thinking on Delaware’s approach to meet the federal Clean Power Plan requirements, discussed the 2016 RGGI Program Review, and solicited comments on all aspects of the state's approach in preparing for the CPP.
Clean Power Plan Proposal – Listening Session, Nov. 10, 2015
DNREC held an informal listening session on the federal Clean Power plan to hear from Delawareans as the Department prepares to develop its plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants.
In addition to the listening session, the Department accepted comments from the Nov. 10 listening session on Delaware’s compliance EPA’s Clean Power Plan through Dec.31, 2015. The Department is soliciting comments on the Clean Energy Incentive Program component of the CPP and on the EPA-proposed Federal Plan that serves as a model rule for states developing their state plans.
Nov. 10, 2015 listening session materials:
The following comments were received:
Clean Power Plan information: EPA issued final emissions guidelines for the control of carbon dioxide (CO2) from existing power plants and for modified and reconstructed power plants on August 3, 2015. You can also learn more about proposal details at EPA's website, on which are posted the proposals, technical analyses and other supporting information.
How to comment to DNREC: You may present your comments at the next DNREC listening session (March 1), or you may email written comments to Valerie Gray, or send them by U.S. Mail to the Division of Air Quality (Attn. CPP), State Street Commons, 100 W. Water Street, Suite 6A Dover, DE 19904.
Please note that there is no formal DNREC proposal available for comment at this time. DNREC is gathering input from the public to help inform DNREC’s development of the state plan. Initial state plan submittals are due to USEPA by September 6, 2016.
Clean Power Plan Proposal – Listening Session, Nov. 5, 2014
DNREC held an informal listening session on Nov. 5, 2104 on the proposed plan by the US Environmental Protection Agency to cut carbon emissions (greenhouse gases) from existing power plants that generate electricity from fossil fuels.
The listening session enabled DNREC to meet with the public and informally gather comments on EPA's proposed carbon reduction plan. Prior to taking any formal action, DNREC sought input from the public on the best way for Delaware to implement EPA's plan as currently proposed.
- Department's Presentation
- The transcript for the listening session may be found here.
- DNREC's comments submitted to EPA on the proposed CPP may be found here.
- The following comments were received:
Resources and Links
For more information, please email Valerie Gray or call 302-739-9402
Date Revised: June 23, 2016