Full Title: The Clean Power Plan and Beyond: Impacts on Energy Bills of Businesses in the U.S.
Author(s): Mariyln Brown, Georgia Institute of Technology
Publication Date: 08/2016
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City skylines have long been a symbol of innovation and prosperity. What you can’t see is that these same buildings are some of the largest energy consumers in the United States and are therefore responsible for significant amounts of the state’s carbon pollution.
In August 2015, President Obama and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final Clean Power Plan, regulating carbon pollution from existing power plants for the first time. Since then, many cities have released Climate Action Plans, setting targets for carbon emissions. The success of these two initiatives are mutually dependent. EPA’s Clean Power Plan requires strong local action, and the Climate Plans of cities, in turn, need national policies to ensure affordable, reliable, low-carbon electricity.