What to Watch For in EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan: More Guidance from EPA on “Outside the Fence” Measures

Later this summer, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release its final Clean Power Plan, setting carbon emissions goals for existing power plants. This is the sixth post of ten in a series—What to Watch For in EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan—in which RFF experts address what to look for when the final regulations are […]

What to Watch For in EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan: Controversy over the New Source Rule, but Does It Even Matter?

Later this summer, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release its final Clean Power Plan, setting carbon emissions goals for existing power plants. This is the fifth post of ten in a series—What to Watch For in EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan—in which RFF experts address what to look for when the final regulations […]

What to Watch For in EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan: The Promises of Multi-State Compatibility

Later this summer, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release its final Clean Power Plan, setting carbon emissions goals for existing power plants. This is the fourth post of ten in a new series—What to Watch For in EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan—in which RFF experts address what to look for when the final […]

What to Watch For in EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan: What Will EPA Do If States Won’t Play Ball?

Later this summer, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release its final Clean Power Plan, setting carbon emissions goals for existing power plants. This is the third post of ten in a new series—What to Watch For in EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan—in which RFF experts address what to look for when the final regulations are released. […]

Inside the Fence: Keep an Eye on Cofiring under the Clean Power Plan

Later this summer, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release its final Clean Power Plan, setting carbon emissions goals for existing power plants. This is the second post of ten in a new series—What to Watch For in EPA’s Final Clean Power Plan—in which RFF experts address what they will be looking for when the […]

Timing: An Easy Concession for EPA?

Later this summer, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will release its final Clean Power Plan, setting carbon emissions limits for existing power plants. Together with a final rule setting standards for new power plants, EPA will create the first nationwide limits on carbon emissions from coal and and natural gas power plants, the largest […]

Comparing Emissions Mitigation Efforts on the International Stage: Evaluating Metrics

The success of international climate change policy going forward depends on the ability to measure and compare both commitments and subsequent actions across a large number of countries. Policymakers and negotiators from around the world will need to understand how the mitigation efforts of their peers stack up in order to ensure comparable effort across […]

Low Allowance Prices in the EU Emissions Trading System: New Research on an Evolving Program

The EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) for carbon dioxide (CO2) is the largest worldwide. Since its inception in 2005, it has experienced allowance price volatility and low overall prices. Generally, the fact that it costs less than anticipated to reduce CO2 emissions would be good news. Instead, these price dynamics are bad news for many […]

Significant, Widespread Health Benefits Possible under EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Politics is typically about the here and now. And so shaping policy to address climate change poses a particularly difficult challenge. The benefits appear to be dispersed globally and accrue decades into the future, while the costs of reducing greenhouse gas emissions would be felt immediately. Or so the story goes. The problem with this narrative […]

Investment Risks Raise Costs and Shift Regional Efforts to Mitigate Emissions

A new study appearing in Nature Climate Change (of which I am a coauthor) explores how institutional considerations of risk affect the cost of large-scale investments in the power sector that increase or reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Unlike previous studies that assume uniform costs for investments, we apply financial charges that vary from country to […]