Several unexpected states are taking early action to prepare for pending carbon regulations in the United States. As noted in a Reuters article, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Virginia, states with notable climate-change foes, are already making plans for how they will meet the upcoming regulations.
RAP’s Rich Sedano, principal and director of US programs, highlighted Oklahoma’s efforts, noting, “They have done a lot more…than most people would expect.” Oklahoma officials are exploring the possibility of using efficiency gains to comply with existing regulations for mercury and air toxics. RAP recommends a similar approach for meeting the pending carbon regulations under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
Clean energy programs—both efficiency and renewable energy resources—offer a cost-effective approach to reducing emissions of multiple pollutants, including CO2. Investing in these programs and quantifying their emissions impact, will position states to meet 111(d) standards with minimum effect on ratepayers. Complying With 111(d): Exploring the Cap-and-Invest Option offers one option for funding clean energy programs aimed at meeting 111(d) regulations.
RAP’s staff is available to advise states interested in this approach. For more information, contact Rich Sedano at [email protected].