Clean Power Plan

Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants

Rule Summary

The Clean Power Plan proposed rule is a commonsense plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants. States, cities and businesses across the country are already taking action to address the risks of climate change. EPA's proposal builds on those actions and is flexible - reflecting that different states have a different mix of sources and opportunities, and reflecting the important role of states as full partners with the federal government in cutting pollution. This proposal will maintain an affordable, reliable energy system, while cutting pollution and protecting our health and environment now and for future generations.

Rule History

June 2014 - Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule

EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants

October 2014 - Notice of Data Availability

EPA issued a notice of data availability, commonly called a NODA, that provides additional information on certain issues raised by a diverse set of stakeholders.

November 2014 - Rate-to-Mass Technical Support Document

EPA issued a technical document that provides two examples of how a state, area of Indian country or territory could translate its rate-based goal to total metric tons of carbon dioxide (a mass-based equivalent).

January 2015 - Key Dates and Proposed Federal Plan

EPA announced it will finalize the proposed Clean Power Plan by mid-summer 2015. In addition, the agency will begin the regulatory process for proposing a federal plan.

Additional Actions:

Additional Resources

  • Clean Power Plan Toolbox
    Resources to help states, tribes and territories develop plans
  • Webinar Series
    Upcoming and recorded webinars that provide background for states as they develop their plans