The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Comments on EPA’s Proposed 111(b) Rule for Power Plants

On March 27, 2012, EPA proposed carbon pollution standards for new electric generating units at power plants, Standards of Performance for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units.

On June 25, 2013, President Obama announced a Climate Action Plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare the U.S. for the impacts of climate change, and lead international efforts to address global climate change. As part of the Climate Action Plan, President Obama issued a Presidential Memorandum directing the EPA to work expeditiously to complete carbon pollution standards for the power sector. 

In response to the President’s directive, and after considering more than 2.5 million comments from the public about their 2012 proposal, the Environmental Protection Agency issued a revised proposal for carbon pollution from new power plants on Sept. 20, 2013. To address several comments of concern including Kentucky’s, EPA set separate standards for natural gas-fired turbines and coal-fired units in the new proposal.

On January 8, 2014, the U.S. EPA proposal was published in the Federal Register and made available for public comment. After considerable review of the rule, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, through the Energy and Environment Cabinet, has filed comments and expressed concerns with specific aspects of the rule. The Cabinet’s comments are provided at the following link.

The public comment period for the proposedrule closes May 9, 2014.