Full Title: Potential Reliability Impacts of EPA’s Proposed Clean Power Plan
Author(s): North American Reliability Corporation (NERC)
Publisher(s): North American Reliability Corporation (NERC)
Publication Date: 04/2015

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its proposed Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units on June 2, 2014, commonly referred to as the proposed Clean Power Plan (CPP). The proposed rule is issued under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act and establishes limits on CO2 emissions for existing electric generation facilities. The proposed rule is currently anticipated to be finalized during summer 2015.

In its role as the Electric Reliability Organization in the United States, NERC has responsibility under Section 215 of the Federal Power Act to conduct periodic assessments of the reliability and adequacy of the nation’s bulk power system (BPS)—the high-voltage transmission and generation system (as opposed to local distribution facilities). NERC’s single focus is BPS reliability. NERC fulfills its responsibility in the public interest through conservative analyses and assessments that highlight reliability risks resulting from various possible future circumstances, given the severe consequences of an operationally unreliable or inadequate BPS for public health, safety and well-being, and our nation’s economy and security.