The proposal, entitled the "Affordable Clean Energy Rule," would establish a framework for controlling CO 2 emissions from existing power plants which is significantly less effective and environmentally protective than its predecessor. Here are six important things to know about the proposed rule: 1. The proposal sets a very low bar for emissions reductions. The Clean Air Act mandates that the performance standards established for existing sources under Section d must reflect the "best system of emissions reduction" BSER for the pollutant and source category being regulated. In other words, the performance standards established for power plants would only reflect those emission reductions that can be achieved through making the existing plants more efficient—they would not reflect the much larger reductions that could be achieved by switching to cleaner energy sources and improving demand-side energy efficiency often referred to as measures "outside the fence line" of power plants.
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Affordable Clean Energy rule 'worse than doing nothing' – Physics World
The U. Supreme Court confirmed, in Massachusetts v. EPA , U. The courts have subsequently held that the Environmental Protection Agency EPA must regulate greenhouse gases following the release of its Endangerment Finding , in which the Agency determined that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases pose a threat to public health and the environment.
Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Progress in every area of sustainable energy falls short of what is needed to achieve energy access for all and to meet targets for renewable energy and energy efficiency. Meaningful improvements will require higher levels of financing and bolder policy commitments, together with the willingness of countries to embrace new technologies on a much wider scale. Ensuring access to affordable, reliable and modern energy for all has come one step closer due to recent progress in electrification, particularly in LDCs, and improvements in industrial energy efficiency. However, national priorities and policy ambitions still need to be strengthened to put the world on track to meet the energy targets for
The Clean Energy Business Network works to grow the clean energy economy through policy, public education, and business support for small- and medium-sized energy companies. The Affordable Clean Energy rule establishes guidelines for states to develop carbon emissions reductions standards for existing coal-fired power plants. The Affordable Clean Energy rule ACE is a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency that would establish guidelines for states to develop plans to reduce carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants.