Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Proposed Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE), the long-awaited replacement to the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP).
The Global Energy Institute (GEI) has always had concerns about regulating greenhouse gases (GHGs) under the Clean Air Act (CAA) because it was not designed to address these emissions. That being said, EPA is to be commended for producing a new proposal that, unlike the CPP, falls clearly within the statutory confines and past precedent of the CAA. Yesterday’s announcement is the most detailed blueprint yet for what comes next.
GEI president and CEO Karen Harbert said in part: