EPA Finalizes Affordable Clean Energy Rule

Posted on 7/8/2019 by Roger Marks

On July 8, 2019, US EPA finalized three rulemakings related to controlling greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. While these rulemakings do not directly impact electricity generating units (EGUs), all US states now will be required to submit implementation plans for approval by EPA. Those state plans will dictate the steps that power plants in each state must take to achieve new greenhouse gas performance standards.

Repeal of the Clean Power Plan

First, EPA officially repealed the Clean Power Plan, a 2015 rulemaking aimed to lower carbon pollution from the power sector by 32% over 15 years. The Clean Power Plan was stayed by the Supreme Court in February 2016 in a 5—4 decision, and was therefore never implemented or enforced by EPA.

In October 2017, EPA put forth a proposed rule to officially repeal the Clean Power Plan in line with the Presidential Executive Order Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth.

Identify the latest US EPA air, water, and chemical regulations that impact your facility at the Complete Environmental Regulations Workshop in Anaheim, Houston, New Jersey, or Orlando in 2019.

Final Rule: Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE)

EPA also finalized its new Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE). ACE contains emissions guidelines “to inform states in the development, submittal, and implementation of state plans to establish standards for CO2 from certain existing coal-fired EGUs…”

EPA is also finalizing a determination that heat rate improvement (HRI) is the best system of emission reduction (BSER) for reducing greenhouse gases, specifically carbon dioxide. Using HRI to reduce carbon intensity at EGUs was one of three “building blocks” laid out in the now-repealed Clean Power Plan.

New Regulations to Implement ACE

Third, US EPA is finalizing new regulations to implement its Affordable Clean Energy Rule, to be placed in the newly created 40 CFR part 60, subpart Ba. A main takeaway from the new ACE regulations is EPA’s effort to strike a balance between Federal and State responsibilities for controlling air pollution.

States must submit their plans to implement the new regulations by July 8, 2022. 

More information is available in the July 8 Federal Register.

Convenient, Effective Online EHS Manager Training

Managing site compliance with the many complex EPA programs that affect your business—from the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts to TSCA, EPCRA, CERLCA, and more—is a major challenge. If you’re new to the field, or need an update on changing EPA rules, online training is a convenient way to quickly build in-depth expertise.

Check out the latest EPA compliance training options here:
Clean Air Act Regulations Online
TSCA Regulations Online
New! Clean Water Act & SDWA Regulations Online
Just Launched! Superfund and Right-to-Know Act Regulations Online 
Check out the 2019 nationwide schedule for the Complete Environmental Regulations Workshop. Collaborate with other managers to identify the requirements that apply to your facility, ask the right questions, and make the right decisions about EPA compliance.

Tags: air pollution, Clean Air Act, Clean Power Plan, greenhouse gases

Find a Post

Compliance Archives

Lion - Quotes

Lion does a great job summarizing and communicating complicated EH&S-related regulations.

Michele Irmen

Sr. Environmental Engineer

No comparison. Lion has the best RCRA training ever!!

Matt Sabine

Environmental Specialist

The price was reasonable, the time to complete the course was manageable, and the flexibility the online training allowed made it easy to complete.

Felicia Rutledge

Hazmat Shipping Professional

Lion was very extensive. There was a lot of things that were covered that were actually pertaining to what I do and work with. Great Job. I will be coming back in three years!

Tony Petrik

Hazmat Shipping Professional

Lion's course was superior to others I have taken in the past. Very clear in the presentation and the examples helped to explain the content presented.

George Bersik

Hazardous Waste Professional

Lion is easily and consistently the best option for compliance training. I've learned new information from every instructor I've had.

Rachel Mathis

EHS Specialist

Lion courses always set the bar for content, reference, and practical application. Membership and access to the experts is an added bonus.

John Brown, CSP

Director of Safety & Env Affairs

The instructor was energetic and made learning fun compared to dry instructors from other training providers.

Andy D’Amato

International Trade Compliance Manager

The instructor took a rather drab set of topics and brought them to life with realistic real-life examples.

Tom Berndt

HSE Coordinator

The instructor was very engaging and helped less experienced people understand the concepts.

Steve Gall

Safety Leader

Download Our Latest Whitepaper

Find out what makes DOT hazmat training mandatory for employees who sign the hazardous waste manifest, a “dually regulated” document for tracking shipments.

Latest Whitepaper

By submitting your phone number, you agree to receive recurring marketing and training text messages. Consent to receive text messages is not required for any purchases. Text STOP at any time to cancel. Message and data rates may apply. View our Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.