U.S. – Minnesota

Supporting Minnesota Decision Makers in Defining a State Plan

The U.S. EPA released the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) in August 2015. While this initially triggered stepped up activity by most states towards meeting EPA’s initial state plan development deadlines, the Supreme Court stay of the CPP issued in February 2016 has led many states to slow or stop their planning processes. 19 state regulators have suspended “official” planning activities towards CPP compliance until there is a resolution of the legal challenges, summer 2017 at the earliest. Minnesota, in contrast, is still moving “full steam ahead”.

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Minnesota’s leadership, state energy policies, and actions by their progressive utilities have given the state a good start towards compliance with its assigned standards.  CCAP is supporting the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to convene a stakeholder process in support of defining a state plan that could offer a model for the region. In helping the state work through the key state plan design decisions, we are seeking to develop a plan that will be effective in reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as cost-effective, equitable, easily implemented, and supportive of a reliable electric grid.