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EMPOWERING STATES TO PROSPER: The Trump Administration is proposing the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule in order to restore the proper role of States under the Clean Air Act.

  • The ACE Rule – which will undergo public comment – proposes new emission guidelines for States to use when developing plans to limit greenhouse gases at their power plants.
    • This Rule gives States the flexibility needed to construct diverse, reliable energy portfolios that best fit their specific needs.
  • The ACE Rule proposes to reduce emissions and provide flexibility through four key actions:
    • Defining the “best system of emissions reduction” for existing power plants as on-site, heat-rate efficiency improvements.
    • Providing States with a list of “candidate technologies” that can be used to establish standards of performance, which can be incorporated into State clean air plans.
    • Updating the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) New Source Review permitting program in a way that encourages investments in innovative power plant technologies.
    • Aligning regulations to give States adequate time and flexibility to develop State plans.

PROMOTING AMERICAN ENERGY DOMINANCE: The Trump Administration’s ACE Rule promotes American energy dominance while ensuring environmental protections are in place.

  • The ACE Rule, if finalized, will significantly decrease bureaucratic red tape and compliance costs, keeping American energy affordable and competitive on the world stage.
    • The EPA projects that the ACE Rule could reduce compliance costs by up to $6.4 billion compared to the Clean Power Plan (CPP).
    • The ACE Rule can achieve these savings while still reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • The ACE Rule will ensure that the United States remains the world’s gold standard for energy production and environmental protection.
    • Since 1970, the total emissions of criteria air pollutants regulated under the Clean Air Act have dropped 73 percent, while the economy grew over 260 percent.
    • Total energy-related carbon dioxide emissions in the United States fell by 14 percent from 2005 to 2017, while global emissions increased over 20 percent.

REPLACING BURDENSOME AND COSTLY REGULATIONS: The Trump Administration proposes replacing the Obama Administration’s costly and overreaching CPP.

  • At President Trump’s direction, the EPA undertook a review of the Obama Administration’s overly prescriptive and burdensome CPP.
    • The CPP was challenged by 150 entities, including 27 States and 24 trade associations.
    • A bipartisan majority of the United States Congress formally disapproved of the CPP.
    • The Supreme Court issued an historic stay of the CPP before it could be implemented.
  • The CPP’s top-down approach to energy regulation would have unnecessarily raised electricity prices, harmed our economy, and cost jobs.
    • An analysis by the National Economic Research Associates found that the CPP could have caused double-digit electricity price increases in 40 States.
  • The impact of the CPP would have been disproportionately felt by low- to middle-income Americans who, as a group, spend a larger percentage of household income on energy costs.