The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be issuing proposed greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for existing power plants in June 2014. In advance of the agency’s rulemaking, the EPA is reaching out to stakeholders, including states. The Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Whitepaper—Greenhouse Gas Policy Implications for Kentucky under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act—urges EPA’s consideration of a flexible, mass-emissions strategy (sector-wide percentage CO2 reductions compared to a baseline year) that would be more effective and less costly than a rigid rate-based (lbs. CO2 per megawatt hour) emissions standard.
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