• EEBC's Fact Sheet | Colorado's Energy Efficiency Resource
  • EPA's Fact Sheet | Setting State Goals To Cut Carbon Pollution
  • EPA's Fact Sheet | ​Clean Energy Incentive Program
  • NATIONAL WILDLIFE FOUNDATION | Clean Power Plan and Colorado
  • SWEEP | Summary of Key Energy Efficiency Provisions
  • NRDC | Colorado’s Pathway to Cutting Carbon Pollution

EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS on THE CLEAN POWER PLAN ____________________________

  • Synapse Energy Economics posted a few webinars related to the clean power plan
    ​to their website, webinars >>

​​CLEAN POWER PLAN Energy  Efficiency can meet an estimated 25% of Colorado’s carbon emission reductions the EPA expects to see by 2030. Colorado is nearly 75% the way there now—without energy efficiency, the state would only be about 50% according to a recent analysis by Western Resource Advocates.

​Approximately one-third of greenhouse gases and roughly 40% of the United State’s carbon dioxide emissions are attributed to power plants​

WHAT IS EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN? ____________________________

  • The EPA announced the Clean Power Plan (CPP) on August 3, 2015, which establishes state-by-state carbon dioxide (CO2emissions reductions for existing fossil fuel-fired power plants.
  • By 2030, CO2 emissions are expected to be about 30% less than 2005 levels. Interim targets will begin in 2020.
  • Each state is required to design a program that meets the emissions reduction goals.
  • The EPA suggests (but does not require) states to use a combination of three building blocks to achieve emissions reductions.
  1. — More efficient coal-fired power plants
    — Natural Gas
    — Renewable Energy
  • UPDATE: The EPA removed energy efficiency as a building block in the final ruling of the Clean Power Plan. However, energy efficiency is still expected to act as a strategic component in state compliance plans. The EPA is forming a Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) in order to attract early investments in energy efficiency.

WHO DOES THIS LEGISLATION AFFECT? __________________________

  • State administrators of air quality programs must submit plans to EPA if the state contains one or more fossil-fuel power plant.
  • Investor owned utilities, rural co-ops, and municipalities are all potentially subject to the state's plan.

ECONOMY, HEALTH, & ENVIRONMENT ____________________________

  • Air pollution from power plants threatens our health by causing life— threatening illnesses such as childhood asthma that cost us billions of dollars each year. The Clean Power Plan will help to reduce other ​forms of dangerous air pollution, helping to keep our children healthier.
  • A reduction in carbon pollution from power plants will reduce the impacts of climate change on Colorado, which has seen an increase in floods and wildfires in the last decade. The National Climate Assessment recently reported that Colorado and the Southwest can expect more heat waves, more extreme and sustained droughts, and poorer air and water quality in the decades ahead.
  • Due to forward-thinking energy efficiency policies and programs, Colorado is well-positioned to meet the EPA’s goals—Colorado must reduce carbon dioxide emissions 32% by 2030. Currently, utilities are on track to meet over 75% of the CPP emissions reductions with current plans.
  • Colorado’s existing Energy Efficiency Resource Standard has reduced demand for electric power and saved customers hundreds of millions of dollars. In the program’s first five years, it saved business and households more than $600 million and reduced annual electric usage in Colorado by the amount typically used by 100,000 households.
  • The carbon emissions reduction potential of all of Colorado’s utilities is 5.4 million metric tons of C02 by 2020.


— June 2, 2014 – 

EPA proposed the Clean Power Plan that establishes state-by-state CO2 emissions reductions for existing fossil fuel-fired electric generating units.
— August 3, 2015 –

EPA issued the final ruling of the Clean Power Plan. 
— September 6, 2016 –

States must submit a strategy to implement the finalized standards,
ask for an extension, or take on a federal implementation plan.

— September 6, 2018 –

Multi-state plans and states that file extensions must submit plan to
implement new standards.

— 2020 —

The compliance period for sensible carbon pollution standards will begin.

— 2030 —

Carbon dioxide levels will be 30 percent less than 2005 levels.