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Federal Clean Power Plan

Power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for about one-third of domestic greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed a draft Clean Power Plan (CPP) for public comment, looking to reduce carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. EPA set a carbon dioxide reduction goal for each state and gives the states considerable flexibility in how they achieve their respective goals.

The final Clean Power Plan was released on August 3, 2015 and is available on EPA's website (see link on right). The successful carbon reduction achieved by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) states served as a model for many elements of the CPP.

New York's Support of the Finalized Plan

On August 3, 2015, Governor Cuomo stated: "Today, President Obama put forward a strong plan to address climate change, which is one of the defining challenges of our time. The President's Clean Power Plan is a visionary step forward for our nation, and it provides a robust and equitable approach to reducing America's carbon pollution. Here in New York, we have embraced the challenge of climate change with a commitment to cut harmful carbon pollution by 40 percent by 2030, and I look forward to working alongside our partners in the federal government to bring about a cleaner, safer future for all."

The Clean Power Plan will cut carbon pollution while boosting the clean energy economy and reducing the risks from climate change nationwide. The plan builds on the successful steps already taken by New York and other states and stakeholders throughout the county:

  • New York, and the other RGGI states, have demonstrated the economic, health and environmental benefits of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.
  • Power plants covered by the RGGI in NY have reduced CO2 emissions more than 45% since 2005 and other harmful air pollutants more than 90%, saving hundreds of lives, preventing thousands of asthma attacks and providing public health benefits worth billions of dollars - all while the state economy grew 8%.
  • New York, through the RGGI program, has shown that emissions can be reduced while state economies grow, the electricity system is improved, and communities save money. The RGGI program has provided close to $700 million in economic benefits to the state, saving electricity consumers more than $200 million, and saving the state more than $400 million dollars in avoided fuel costs.
  • EPA's Clean Power Plan will enable states to reap similar benefits while reducing the pollution that is causing harmful climate change.

Support Documentation of Draft Plan

November 7, 2014 - RGGI States Send Comments in Support of EPA Clean Power Plan

December 1, 2014 - Further Comments in Support of EPA Clean Power Plan from: RGGI States; New York State and 14 Joint States