“Think Outside the Blocks” on EPA’s Clean Power Plan
States have considerable latitude to innovate as they develop strategies to comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. In a presentation to the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s Clean Power Plan Working Group, Ken Colburn offered best practices for navigating the complex jungle of compliance options. The National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) published an extensive Menu of Options for compliance that extend far beyond the EPA’s four fundamental “building blocks.” In addition to weighing these strategies, states may want to consider a regional approach by collaborating with other states, stakeholders, and regional EPA offices. Mr. Colburn also recommends searching for solutions that offer co-benefits of multi-pollutant emissions reductions to craft an approvable, least-cost, least-risk compliance plan.