At the mid-year meeting of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA), Dave Farnsworth provided an update of pending environmental regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), including the newly-issued Clean Power Plan. This new proposal regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act will challenge energy regulators not only with continuing to ensure the achievement of traditional regulatory goals of electric system reliability, resource adequacy, and the fair allocation of costs, but also cost-effective environmental compliance. Mr. Farnsworth encourages state consumer advocates to consider the regional effects of their state’s compliance approaches to 111(d) and to actively explore opportunities for energy and environmental regulators to work together.