Q: What is the Clean Power Plan?
A: The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) is proposing to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs) through a rule called the Clean Power Plan. This rule does not purport to directly regulate EGUs. Instead, USEPA is proposing statewide carbon dioxide (CO2) emission goals and guidelines, called the “state goals.” States would develop plans to meet those state goals, using a flexible menu of programs and tools that USEPA discusses in the proposal. Most of the details are left to the states and will be included in State Implementation Plans (SIPs).