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State and Regional Comprehensive Carbon Pricing and Greenhouse Gas Regulation in the Power Sector under EPA’s Clean Power Plan

June 25, 2015

New Report: The CPP, State/Regional Compliance and Carbon Pricing

High-levels of coordination among states as well as regulatory clarity from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be necessary for the short-term goal of state compliance with the EPA’s upcoming Clean Power Plan (CPP) for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The same goals also will be important to state and regional efforts with respect to comprehensive carbon pricing.

Those are among the highlights released today in a new report released today, “State and Regional Comprehensive Carbon Pricing and Greenhouse Gas Regulation in the Power Sector under EPA’s Clean Power Plan.” The report grew out of a major workshop convened last November by Next 10 along with the University of California-Davis Policy Institute and Resources for the Future. The 38 participants included regulators from Washington, Oregon, California, and Nevada, regional EPA officials, nongovernmental organizations, and academics. Experts worked to identify how the CPP might affect efforts to reduce and price carbon presently underway by jurisdictions included in Pacific Coast Climate Alliance (PCCA) – California, Washington, Oregon and British Columbia, and others.

The CPP is expected to go into effect later this later summer.

Among the recommendations in the report on multi-state collaboration is the need for federal and interested parties to provide state support for economic and legal analyses as well as for several other issues identified.

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