The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, which will replace former President Barack Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). The new rule “restores the rule of law and empowers states to continue to reduce emissions while providing affordable and reliable energy for all Americans,” the EPA said.
A review of the CPP was done in response to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order 13873-Promoting Energy Independence and Economic Growth issued in March 2017. In 2016, the Supreme Court issued a stay of the CPP.
“Today, we are delivering on one of President Trump’s core priorities: ensuring the American public has access to affordable, reliable energy in a manner that continues our nation’s environmental progress,” said EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “Unlike the CPP, ACE adheres to the Clean Air Act and gives states the regulatory certainty they need to continue to reduce emissions and provide a dependable, diverse supply of electricity.”