NTAA: Air Topics

Clean Power Plan

Click here for NTAA Outreach to States requesting Tribal consultation on State Implementation Plans to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

EPA’s Clean Power Plan : On Monday, August 3rd, 2015 the U.S. EPA announced the final Clean Power Plan to establish final emission guidelines for states to follow in developing plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units (EGUs). Here is NTAA’s Policy Response Kit on EPA’s Clean Power Plan:

NTAA’s comments on the Clean Power Plan’s Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP). Comments were due into EPA on December 15th. EPA sought early comments as the CEIP is developed as an early incentive for states and Tribes to reduce GHG emissions by developing renewable sources of energy.

NTAA is currently drafting comments that were due on January 21, 2016 on EPA’s proposed Federal Plan that will cover Indian Country and can be used by states that decide not to develop their own plans.

The NTAA has published a White Paper on EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan that identifies items contained in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA’s) Proposed Clean Power Plan for which NTAA provided comments and how EPA addressed such items in the Final Clean Power Plan. This White Paper will be used to help draft NTAA comments on the proposed Federal Plan and proposed Clean Energy Incentive Program.

NTAA released a statement on August 5th including an announcement that a NTAA Policy Response Kit will be posted here in the near future to help Tribes respond to this EPA action.

You can find EPA’s Clean Power Plan Community Page here for more information on the Clean Power Plan here. Stay Tuned for more information from NTAA!

NTAA Free Webinar for Tribes, “EPA’s Clean Power Plan – How to Submit Comments to EPA,” October 15th, 10 AM (PDT)/1 PM (EDT). Call duration is 1 hour (incl. Q&A).
This webinar will briefly go over EPA’s Clean Power Plan, focusing on how Tribes can go about gathering the pertinent information and then submitting their comments on the rule to EPA. Speakers include NTAA’s Andy Bessler, Bob Gruenig and EPA’s Laura McKelvey. Visit the NTAA website that provides some general information on typical PRK contents/how these actions relate to the current comment solicitation. Please register here for the free webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Under President Obama's Climate Action Plan, EPA is proposing approaches to reduce carbon pollution from new and existing power plants. In order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change from power plants, the U.S. EPA created the Clean Power Plan in 2014.

As part of the Clean Air Act, EPA is authorized to regulate CO2 as a pollutant from existing plants in order to meet the goal of reducing CO2 emissions 30% by 2030. EPA is working with states, tribes, and utilities to create state implementation plans and reduce carbon pollution based upon 4 building blocks including: 1) Making existing coal plants more efficient, 2) using existing natural gas plants more effectively, 3) increasing renewable energy use and 4) increasing end-use energy efficiency.

In order to help Tribes better understand the Clean Power Plan and how it will be implemented, NTAA has several resources listed below:

NTAA’s Policy Response Kit on EPA’s Clean Power Plan can be found here and includes regionally-specific fact sheets.

U.S. EPA provides a document and table that provides a summary of information about the areas of Indian Country and U.S. territories covered by U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan Supplemental Proposal to limit carbon pollution from power plants.

U.S. EPA provides a tool kit for co-regulators like states and Tribes to determine the most cost-effective approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector.

The National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) has developed a technical document identifying a wide range of technologies, programs and policies that agencies might employ to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the power sector as part of a CPP implementation plan. Entitled Implementing EPA’s Clean Power Plan: A Menu of Options, the tool is available for download here.