On 2 June 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] proposed a plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants.

Climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, supercharges risks to our health, our economy, and our way of life. EPA is delivering on a vital piece of President Obama's Climate Action Plan by proposing a Clean Power Plan that will cut harmful carbon pollution from our largest source--power plants.

said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

By leveraging cleaner energy sources and cutting energy waste, this plan will clean the air we breathe while helping slow climate change so we can leave a safe and healthy future for our kids. We don't have to choose between a healthy economy and a healthy environment--our action will sharpen America’s competitive edge, spur innovation, and create jobs.

Power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. While there are limits in place for the level of arsenic, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and particle pollution that power plants can emit, there are currently no national limits on carbon pollution levels.


The EPA plan is intended to accomplish the following by 2030:

The EPA proposal is intended to be flexible -- reflecting that different states have a different mix of sources and opportunities, and reflecting the important role of states as full partners with the federal government in cutting pollution.
The Clean Power Plan will therefore be implemented through a state-federal partnership under which states identify a path forward using either current or new electricity production and pollution control policies to meet the goals of the proposed program.
The proposal provides guidelines for states to develop plans to meet state-specific goals to reduce carbon pollution and gives them the flexibility to design a program that makes the most sense for their unique situation.
States will be able to choose the right mix of generation using diverse fuels, energy efficiency and demand-side management to meet the goals and their own needs. It also allows states to work alone to develop individual plans, or to work together with other states to develop multi-state plans.
The deadline for states to submit plans to the agency is June 2016, but states will be able to make use of a two-step process for finalization if more time is necessary.