Benefits Of A Fossil Fuel Power

1042 Words Apr 11th, 2015 5 Pages
RGGI is collaboration between nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG’s) from power-generating sources that generate at least 25 megawatts of electricity. (RGGI, 2015) The nine RGGI states are Maine, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, New Hampshire, Maryland and Vermont. RGGI is a cap and trade system that sets a regional cap and state caps on CO2 emissions. The current Governor of Pennsylvania is considering joining RGGI. Given the new proposed EPA regulation to reduce CO2 emissions from the same sector RGGI operates in, the joining of RGGI could be a way for PA to comply with these new regulations for reduction in CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions.
The Clean Power Plan was proposed by the EPA in June of 2014. Under the proposed rule, each state will have the authority to implement its own plan to reduce CO2 emissions. This provides flexibility to states as each state has different sources and issues. The proposed rule has four building blocks: make fossil fuel power plants more efficient, use sources that have lower emissions more, use more zero and low emitting sources (for example, expand renewable sources), and use electricity more efficiently. (EPA, 2012a) The proposed rule also allows states to join with other states to reduce CO2 emissions and provides more time to prepare multistate plans. Many analyzes of the proposed Rule advocate for incentivizing combined heat and power facilities as an…
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