EPA advances state incentives despite hold on climate rule

By Timothy Cama, The Hill.

The Obama administration is moving forward with a state incentive program related to its contentious climate change rule, even though the regulation itself is on hold.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday sent a proposal with details of the program to the White House Office of Management and Budget for its review, the final step before the program can be formally proposed to the public.

The Clean Energy Incentive Program is designed as the carrot to the Clean Power Plan's stick. The EPA is planning to give states credit for establishing certain renewable energy or energy-efficiency projects before the Clean Power Plan would take effect and require changes to reduce power companies' greenhouse gas emissions.