EPA's Clean Power Plan Proposal: Are the Emission Rate Targets Front-Loaded? [November 3, 2014] [open pdf - 55KB]
"On June 18, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed regulations (the 'Clean Power Plan') addressing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units. Carbon dioxide is the primary human-related greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change, and these electric generating units, as a group, account for the largest source of CO2 emissions in the United States. […] The proposal would establish state-specific CO2 emission rate targets measured in pounds of CO2 emissions per megawatt-hour (MWh) of electricity generation. […] Some industry stakeholders and state agencies have characterized EPA's proposed CO2 emission rate targets for existing power plants as 'front-loaded,' with a disproportionate percentage of emission rate reductions required in the early years of the program (2020-2024). The following analysis provides data consistent with this observation."
CRS Insight, IN10172