Court Stay a ‘Bump in the Road’ as States Continue With Clean-Utility Plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Analee Grant for SNL:Before the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan was put on hold by the Supreme Court, many states — even those requesting the stay — were on track to creating a workable plan in time for the September deadline for initial submissions.Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, speaking at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., along with a panel of experts at Brookings, thinks states will likely continue with some form of planning for decarbonization. Jonas Monast, director of the climate and energy program at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, said states made certain decisions following the stay directly related to the Clean Power Plan, but that does not mean they will stop pursuing cleaner power resources.Ritter said one of the unintended consequences of the stay is that it took away the regulatory certainty the Clean Power Plan provided utilities when making resource planning decisions. “Utilities are very concerned that their business model is a 20th-century business model and actually does not fit with this 21st-century energy world … that we live in,” Ritter said.Utilities likely will continue to consider the Clean Power Plan in their resource planning for that reason, Ritter said, citing Xcel Energy Inc. as an example. The company confirmed that it had received at least one extension from Colorado officials for a planning document in anticipation of new information from the state’s Clean Power Plan stakeholder process. But Xcel Energy intends to continue with its “Our Energy Future” plan and to support the state’s efforts to create sound plans for a sustainable and affordable energy future. A renewable energy plan will be filed with Colorado regulators at the end of February. Neither the stay of the carbon rule nor the ultimate outcome of the litigation against it is expected to alter Xcel Energy’s planning schedule. Many utilities have echoed similar sentiments.Ritter called the Supreme Court’s stay of the Clean Power Plan a dramatic event, but a “bump in the road” in the overall future of the Clean Power Plan.With carbon rule in limbo, experts urge states to move on with planning anyway Court Stay a ‘Bump in the Road’ as States Continue With Clean-Utility Planslast_img read more