Trump Administration to Target Clean Power Plan

The Trump administration plans to announce an executive order targeting the Clean Power Plan, which would rescind the rule without providing for a replacement. The executive order could be announced this week, and would likely trigger lawsuits from Attorneys General in more liberal states.

The Clean Power Plan requires states to develop plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

It is unclear whether this executive order would refer just to the Clean Power Plan or would take a broader view of energy independence regulations and target issues like the Energy Star program or the Paris Agreement on climate.

The Clean Power Plan would boost interest in renewable and energy efficient technologies like geothermal heat pumps. By rescinding the regulation, incentives to conserve energy by installing energy efficient technologies like GHPs would be removed.


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