EPA's Clean Power Play: Who Needs Congress?

Brian H. Potts

Foley & Lardner LLP

David R. Zoppo

Foley & Lardner LLP

June 10, 2014

The Electricity Journal, July 2014, Forthcoming

The much anticipated centerpiece of President Obama’s climate plan is finally here. The proposed rule — which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calls its “Clean Power Plan” — would slash greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants in this country by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

In this article, we provide a short overview of the proposal, attempt to show which states will be the most impacted, and analyze the three biggest legal questions facing the rule, with the aim of answering the question everyone is asking: Will EPA’s Clean Power Plan make it through the courts? We conclude that EPA’s legal justifications for its Clean Power Plan are tenuous, and as written, the courts are likely to overturn it — at least in part.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 13

Keywords: Climate Change, Clean Power Plan, EPA, Power Plants, Clean Air Act, CO2, Greenhouse Gas

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Date posted: June 13, 2014  

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Potts, Brian H. and Zoppo, David R., EPA's Clean Power Play: Who Needs Congress? (June 10, 2014). The Electricity Journal, July 2014, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2448217

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Brian H. Potts (Contact Author)
Foley & Lardner LLP ( email )
150 East Gilman Street
Madison, WI 53701
United States
David R. Zoppo
Foley & Lardner LLP ( email )
3000 K Street, N.W.
Suite 600
Washington, DC 20037
United States
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