Implications of EPA’s CO2 Regulations for State Renewable Energy Programs and RPSs

Thursday, June 26, 2014 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

This webinar, presented by the Clean Energy States Alliance for the State-Federal RPS Collaborative, explored the potential implications of EPA’s proposed rule to regulate carbon dioxide under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act on states’ renewable energy programs and policies, including renewable portfolio standards (RPSs). The proposed rule creates opportunities for renewable energy development and for cooperation among states. There are also risks that its implementation could create complications for RPSs, as well as for other programs that rely on renewable energy certificates (RECs).

Guest speaker David Farnsworth of the Regulatory Assistance Project summarized the rule, pointed out opportunities it creates for state renewable energy policymakers, and explained concerns about preserving the inviolability of RECs. Matt Clouse and Christopher Sherry of EPA discussed EPA’s perspective and explore ways in which the proposed rule could benefit renewable energy development. These presentations were followed by an audience Q&A.


  • David Farnsworth, Senior Associate, Regulatory Assistance Project
  • Matt Clouse, Director for Renewable Energy Policy and Programs, Climate Protection Partnerships Division, US EPA
  • Christopher Sherry, Policy Analyst in the Climate Change Division, Office of Atmospheric Programs, US EPA


Organizer: Clean Energy States Alliance

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