On June 2, the EPA released its Clean Power Plan proposal, the first plan to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. According to the release, “Power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions in the United States.” The new proposal will “[c]ut carbon emission from the power sector by 30 percent nationwide below 2005 levels,” by 2030. According to an article in The New York Times, the proposed rule “will allow each state to come up with its own plan to cut emissions based on a menu of options that include adding wind and solar power, energy-efficiency technology and creating or joining state cap-and-trade programs.”

This release comes less than a week after the Ohio House of Representatives passed SB 310, which freezes Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years; the Ohio Senate had previously passed the bill (read about his in our May 29, 2014 blog post). A Columbus Business First article notes that “Ohio’s two-year pause in the move toward requiring more renewable-energy power sources might impact the state’s ability to comply” with the new proposed regulations. The article quotes Paul Copleman, a spokesperson for one of Ohio’s largest wind developers, Iberdrola Renewables, as saying, “We’re hopeful that the federal rules will allow and even encourage Gov. Kasich to endorse not only restarting the (renewable portfolio standard) on schedule at the beginning of 2017, but to strengthen it to further benefit Ohio’s energy consumers and rural communities.”