.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a new proposed rule under the Clean Air Act that will regulate carbon emissions from new and existing power plants. The rules require states to reduce their overall carbon emissions to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. Targets for carbon reduction vary by state based on a formula that takes into account recent emissions, a state’s ability to shift to natural gas as a fuel for power plants, and expected retirements of coal-fired power plants. States can determine how they will meet their requirements, and have until June 30, 2016, to submit plans.
Because it falls under the Clean Air Act, Michigan’s response to the law will be led by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Our partner Bright Ideasrecently spoke with Dan Wyant, director of the MDEQ, on how the agency will coordinate the state’s response to these new rules.