As part of the Governors’ Advisors Energy Policy Institute held by the National Governors Association, Ken Colburn provided state policymakers with a strong jump out of the starting blocks toward meeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal to reduce greenhouse (GHG) gas emissions from existing power plants. The number of options can be overwhelming, as the proposal accepts policies that reduce GHG emissions at both the power plant level (“inside the fence policies”) as well as demand-side measures, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs (“outside the fence policies”). Mr. Colburn outlines 10 concrete steps state regulators can implement now. As communication among stakeholders will be vital to this process, engagement with fellow state regulators, other states, regional EPA offices, and the independent system operator or regional transmission operator is paramount. He also recommends reviewing and updating state energy efficiency and renewable energy programs, and considering the potential for a multi-state approach to compliance. Leveraging readily-available tools and conducting thorough planning will help states craft a cost-effective and approvable state plan.Mr. Colburn also previewed the upcoming “Menu of Options for Reducing CO2 from the Power Sector,” expected from the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) by October 1, 2014. This comprehensive manual will profile technology and policy options, along with implementation experience, co-benefits, costs, cost-effectiveness, and other considerations. Mr. Colburn’s presentation is based in part on the RAP publication “Preparing for 111(d): 10 Steps Regulators Can Take Now.”