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Legislative Clean Power Plan Subcommittee Meeting Jan. 14

Friday, December 18, 2015/Categories: Legislative Branch/Tags: Energy & Telecommunications Interim Committee

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Dec. 18, 2015
From:  Sonja Nowakowski, Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee

Legislative Clean Power Plan Subcommittee Meeting Jan. 14

HELENA – A legislative subcommittee meets Jan. 14 and will hear from national speakers about Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules requiring states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the power sector by 2030.

The meeting starts at 1 p.m. in Room 172 of the Capitol. During the meeting, the subcommittee will continue its work tracking implementation of the federal Clean Power Plan. Earlier this year, the Environmental Quality Council and the Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee formed the subcommittee to track the federal rules. The subcommittee members include Senators Ankney, Driscoll, Keane, and Smith, Representatives Regier, Steenberg, and Ellis, and one-public member from the EQC, Mr. Scott Aspenlieder.

The federal EPA rules are known as the EPA's Proposed Clean Power Plan or 111d regulations. The final Clean Power Plan rule was issued by the EPA on August 3 and requires, in general, states to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in the power sector by about 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) hosted a Clean Power Plan Policy Workshop in Washington, D.C. in November. Glen Andersen with NCSL will provide the Montana subcommittee with an overview of the Clean Power Plan and information about how states are responding to the federal rules.

Thomas Lorenzen, a partner in Crowell & Moring's D.C. office and a member of the firm's Environment & Natural Resources and Government Affairs groups, will provide a legal outlook. From 2004 to 2013, Lorenzen was an Assistant Chief at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he supervised the federal government's legal defense of all EPA rules. Montana is one of 26 states challenging the federal rule in court. Lorenzen will discuss legal issues and potential outcomes. Montana's Attorney General's Office also will update the subcommittee on its work on the issue.

Jordan Kislear with the U.S. Department of Energy will discuss options for potentially using coal while still meeting EPA's emission requirements. Kislear is currently serving as the Director of Government Affairs and Analysis with the Office of Clean Coal and Carbon Management at the U.S. Department of Energy. The subcommittee also will hear from the Northwest Power and Conservation Council about the role of renewables and energy efficiency in the rule.

The subcommittee also will receive an update on Governor Bullock's Montana Clean Power Plan Advisory Council. The Governor in November issued an Executive Order creating the Clean Power Plan Advisory Council to assist the DEQ as it submits information to the EPA for compliance with the federal rule. More than 90 people applied for a spot on the council, which is expected to be appointed in early 2016 and include 25 to 30 members.

Next Meeting

The subcommittee meets on Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. in Room 172. For more information on the subcommittee’s activities and upcoming meeting, visit the subcommittee’s website or contact Sonja Nowakowski, subcommittee staff.

Subcommittee Website:  http://www.leg.mt.gov/css/Committees/Interim/2015-2016/EQC/111d-Subcom/default.asp

Subcommittee Staff:  snowakowski@mt.gov or 406-444-3078

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