EPA's Section 111(d) Rule: Will Consumers' Voices Be Heard?
With the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) poised to release rules to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing fossil-fueled power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, the states are preparing for compliance. Ken Colburn spoke to members of the National Association of State Utility Consumer Advocates (NASUCA) about how they can best prepare for the rule and make their voices heard in the numerous discussions surrounding the rule’s implications. Consumer advocates can mitigate risks and enhance opportunities for their constituents by identifying compliance paths—including measures “outside the fence,” such as energy efficiency—by fostering communication between utilities and environmental regulators, and leveraging multi-pollutant strategies. Mr. Colburn underscored the importance of regional approaches to compliance and how they can substantially benefit the states, the EPA, and energy industry stakeholders.