On June 2, 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed the Clean Power Plan, which is designed to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil-fired power plants and establish average emission rates that states will be required to achieve by 2030. Once the EPA adopts a final rule, states will be required to submit plans for reaching these emission rates.

The EPA describes many possible measures that states might adopt, and invites comments on many more. While the EPA sets the emission reduction goals, each state is ultimately responsible for how those goals will be achieved within its boundaries, and the variety of approaches adopted may be as diverse as the states themselves. Comments are due on October 16, 2014, but stakeholders have been quite vocal since the proposal was released.

As part of Ballard Spahr’s Beyond the News series, our distinguished panel will discuss the variety of positions staked out by various states, and provide an early read on the tapestry of state implementation programs that may evolve in response to this rule. Our panelists include Steven A. Mitnick, an expert consultant on the political and regulatory factors of energy strategies, and Thomas D. Peterson, founder of The Center for Climate Strategies.

Join us for this discussion in Ballard Spahr’s Washington, D.C., office, or via webcast, as our panel explores this topic and addresses your questions.


12:00 PM - 1:30 PM ET 


Brendan K. Collins, Partner, Ballard Spahr

Robert B. McKinstry, Jr., Partner, Ballard Spahr

Steven A. Mitnick, Senior Energy Advisor, Bates White

Thomas D. Peterson, President and CEO, The Center for Climate Strategies

For more information, contact Lisa Prickril at prickrill@ballardspahr.com.

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