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The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, announced on June 2, sets an ambitious goal for the nation’s electric power sector: slash greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 highs. 

Clean Power Plan to Slash Power Plant Emissions

June 10, 2014

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The Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, announced on June 2, sets an ambitious goal for the nation’s electric power sector: slash greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 highs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) responded with a proposed rule that will require existing coal-fired power plants to cut carbon emissions, with reduction guidelines tailored to each state. The controversial rule is scheduled to go into effect next June.

Faculty fellow Lou Derry (Earth and Atmospheric Sciences) weighed in on the EPA’s proposal in an article on Climate Central:

Cornell University earth and atmospheric sciences professor Louis Derry said Monday that not only will the new rules be effective at reducing U.S. overall greenhouse gas emissions, they’ll boost the use of natural gas as an alternative to coal for electric power generation. “I think pretty clearly the demand for natural gas has gone up already — this will accelerate that,” Derry said, adding that there are no other sources of electric generating capacity that are currently available on a large enough scale to replace coal.

The proposed rule will affect about 1,000 power plants nationwide.

Read more about the proposed emissions rule for power plants.