By Jennifer Jensen, Associate Editor

On August 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a new rule to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal-fired plants that would replace former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP). The proposal, the Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE), would establish emissions guidelines for states to use.

According to the EPA, this rule will empower states, promote energy independence, and facilitate economic growth and job creation.

President Donald Trump issued an executive order back in March 2017 to have federal agencies review potential “burdensome” regulations. Following this order, the EPA announced it was proposing a repeal of the CPP after a thorough review. When the CPP was announced, 27 states, 24 trade associations, 37 rural electric co-ops, and three labor unions challenged the rule. Additionally, the Supreme Court issued a stay of the rule.
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