The Clean Power Plan, issued under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, proposes to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the existing fleet of electric generating units. The proposal sets state specific standards that aim to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 30 percent from 2005 levels.
Analysis of EPA CO2 Emission Reduction Plan
Our analysis of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to reduce CO2 emissions from existing fossil-fired generation provides an initial look at the potential impacts of the rule to help stakeholders prepare comments to the EPA..
Our analysis looks at the costs and efficiency of the building blocks to reduce CO2 emissions from existing units, alternative compliance strategies, economic benefits of regional compliance and the time needed to implement lower-cost compliance strategies.
MISO remains policy-neutral on EPA’s proposed rule to reduce CO2 emissions. As such, our analysis does not recommend compliance solutions— only the regulating entities and state authorities make those decisions once the final rule is in effect.
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Read our Comments to EPA
As part of the MISO Transmission Expansion Plan (MTEP) published in 2010, we provided an analysis of the estimated costs to comply with the then proposed EPA regulations. Then, prior to EPA’s unveiling of Clean Carbon Plan on June 2, we refreshed the inputs used in the MTEP10 carbon analysis. Included with the updated inputs, was a range of potential options to comply with carbon regulations on a MISO-wide, or Local Resource Zone, level. Results of the refreshed analysis indicated that a regional approach to carbon management could save Market Participants $3 billion to $5 billion annually.
MTEP10 Carbon Analysis Refresh
The Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) hosts discussions related to EPA regulation compliance. Register to attend PAC or ENGTF meetings via the Event Calendar.