States Move Ahead on Clean Power Plan

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factoryemissionsWhile the federal Clean Power Plan does not go into effect until Dec. 22, states have already begun moving to the next stage in the process of adopting the EPA’s ambitious agenda. Each state covered must submit an initial plan by Sept. 6, 2016 demonstrating how it will achieve the emission reduction targets established by EPA.

Given the vast number of changes included in the final rule, many states are still reviewing their options and determining how and if they will come into compliance.

New information is gradually becoming available about stakeholder outreach opportunities. NAHBNow will continue to convey the information that is made available concerning public comment opportunities through subsequent updates.

  • North Carolina released a draft rule, which will be open for public comment from Nov. 16 through Jan. 15, 2016. The state will also hold three public hearings across the state on Dec. 16 and 17 and on Jan. 5, 2016. Of interest for the housing industry is the fact that North Carolina’s draft rule is limited in scope to technologies that power plants can put in place to improve their efficiency. It does not touch on issues such as demand-side energy efficiency, which could impose tighter energy-efficiency requirements on home builders.
  • Additionally, the nine states that make up the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will hold their first stakeholder meeting Nov.17 as part of a regular program review. As one of the only existing interstate programs to reduce greenhouse gas nationally, many are interested in how the group may adapt or expand its program to come into compliance with the Clean Power Plan.

For some states, the conversations among policy makers continue with occasional insights through public comment, making it extremely challenging for stakeholders to know what the path forward for the state will be. Indications remain that even states challenging the rule in court are likely looking at ways to implement it.

Currently, 27 states are challenging the Clean Power Plan in federal appeals court while a coalition of 18 states and several large cities are defending the regulation. Only Alaska, which is exempt from the rule, Idaho, Nevada, Tennessee and Pennsylvania are sitting out of the litigation so far. Hawaii and Vermont, which are also exempt, are part of the coalition of states defending the regulation.

For more information on the Clean Power Plan, please contact Tamra Spielvogel at 800-368-5342 8327.

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