Washington, D.C. – Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. This rule replaces the Obama Administration’s Clean Power Plan, which was stayed by the U.S. Supreme Court.
America’s Power issued the following statement by Michelle Bloodworth, President and CEO:
“We applaud EPA for finalizing the ACE rule. The rule takes a sensible and legally sound approach to regulating carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s coal fleet.” said Bloodworth. “We are especially pleased the ACE rule provides flexibility to set reasonable carbon dioxide standards that do not force the premature retirement of more coal-fired generating units. For that reason, we commend EPA for not attempting to use environmental regulations to drive energy policy,” continued Bloodworth.
So far, nearly 40 percent of our nation’s coal fleet has retired or announced plans to retire. The coal fleet is important to maintaining fuel diversity and for helping to ensure the reliability and resilience of the electricity grid. Last year, the U.S. coal fleet was responsible for approximately two percent of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.
America’s Power is a partnership of industries involved in producing electricity from coal.