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EPA’s Clean Power Plan to Reward States that Expand Clean Energy in Low-Income Communities

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While postponing by two years the date that states must begin complying with new carbon emission-reduction regulations, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will also reward states that move to expand low-income communities’ access to clean energy, the Washington Post has reported. EPA is expected to issue final CPP regulations very soon, perhaps within a week.

EPA will reportedly allow states two more years, until 2022, to begin meeting requirements for carbon emission reductions from coal-fired power plants under the agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), according to the news story. At the same time, The Post added, the requirements that many states ultimately have to meet will be more stringent.

Significantly for low-income communities of color, which suffer disproportionately from the effects of power plant emissions, EPA will reportedly reward states that focus on expanding efficiency and renewables in low-income communities, as well as states that move quickly “to expand the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency programs in the first years of the [CPP] program.”

Opposition to the CPP remains strong, however, prompting the Climate Action Campaign to organize a Day of Action on July 30. Th3e campaign is asking clean energy supporters to call their U.S. senators to voice support for the CPP and for rapid action to curb climate change.

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