111(d): The Role of Renewables and Energy Efficiency in Meeting Greenhouse Gas Reductions
At the Midwest Energy Policy Conference, Janine Migden-Ostrander shared several strategies, including 10 steps that regulators can take now, to help lay the groundwork for an effective, approvable state plan under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). Communication will play a key role in the compliance process, making engagement with fellow state regulators, other states, regional EPA offices, and the independent system operator or regional transmission operator critical. Ms. Migden-Ostrander also recommends reviewing and updating state energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, and considering the potential for a multi-state approach to compliance. As the penetration of renewable energy sources increases, generators can implement existing technologies to help reduce any resulting ramping issues. Leveraging readily-available tools and conducting thorough planning will help states craft a cost-effective and approvable state plan.