Next Week’s Day in Court for EPA’s Clean Power Plan

We thought you should know the facts. Here is a quick run-down:

  • Next week, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan will have its day in court.
  • The Clean Power Plan is intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil-fuel power plants.
  • The Clean Power Plan is being heard in court because several coal companies and states sued the EPA and asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to strike it down.
  • However, several are still moving forward on the Clean Power Plan. These include Calpine Corporation from Houston; National Grid Generation, LLC, which serves New York, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts; Pacific Gas and Electric, the utility provider for northern and central California; Seattle City Light; and Austin Energy.
  • Many states (including some challenging the rule) are continuing with planning because of the widely held expectation that the court will ultimately uphold the Clean Power Plan.
  • Business giants, such as GoogleMarsMicrosoftAmazon, and Ikea, have filed motions in support of the plan. Some 25 organizations that represent small and mid-sized businesses also signed onto an amicus brief in support of the plan.
  • On September 27, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the EPA’s ability to set clean energy, or carbon emission reduction, goals for states.
  • Several military studies have found that a diverse energy supply is critical for national security.And, as local chambers across the country can attest, renewable energy is also good for economic development, especially given declining costs and growing corporate demand.

What’s our take on this? The National Advisory Council of Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, which represents one of the largest networks of local chambers of commerce in the nation, issued a public statement last year that read:

“As local chamber leaders, we recognize that energy efficiency and renewable energy deliver real economic development opportunities to communities like ours across the nation. We welcome their inclusion in the Clean Power Plan and strongly encourage state leaders to include energy efficiency and renewable energy as big elements of our state plans.” (Read more.)

See also: Advisory Council Member Ryan Evans, formerly of the Salt Lake Chamber, on E&E TV.


Stay Tuned! We will update you with developments on the Clean Power Plan and other clean energy issues of interest to chambers.