With states crafting plans to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, the time is ripe for legislative involvement. Ken Colburn testified in front of the Texas House Committee on Environmental Regulation on the nuances and flexibility of the proposed rule requirements issued pursuant to Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.In addition to the four abatement building blocks contained in the Clean Power Plan, Mr. Colburn emphasized that emissions can also be reduced by optimizing grid operations, improving integrated resource planning practices, and promoting energy efficiency and clean distributed generation. For states experiencing increasing water shortages, he also explored the synergies between water conservation, costs, and the 111(d) emission reduction requirements.