EPA planning ‘inside the fence’ replacement for Clean Power Plan
By Annalee Armstrong and Taylor Kuykendall
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency appears set to replace the broadly scoped Clean Power Plan with a narrower rule requiring generators to make plant-specific thermal efficiency improvements to coal-fired facilities, according to a former transition team member for President Donald Trump and two industry sources familiar with the agency’s plans.
Myron Ebell, who advised the Trump campaign on environmental policy and is director of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s Center for Energy and Environment, told S&P Global Market Intelligence in a recent interview that the EPA’s Clean Power Plan replacement strategy is expected to follow an “inside the fence” approach to regulating power plant emissions, meaning generators would be required only to make changes within the power plant site. Two power industry sources said they have been told by EPA decision-makers that the agency intends to pursue this approach.
The new regulation is expected to center on increasing the thermal efficiency of individual coal plants as a means to reduce carbon emissions, both Ebell and the industry sources said.