EPA proposes CPP state renewable energy incentives despite SCOTUS freeze

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive.

Dive Brief:

  • Federal regulators last week proposed more detail for a voluntary incentive program that is a part of the Clean Power Plan, moving to assist states with renewables and low-income efficiency measures despite the Supreme Court's decision to stay the climate change rule, the Hill reports. 
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Energy Incentive Program is designed to credit states for early CPP compliance action, and because it is voluntary, the government believes issuing proposed rules is consistent with a delay in the law's implementation.
  • The proposed incentive program rules include clarifications about project eligibility, including expanding eligibility to solar energy project in low-income communities, and provide states with the flexibility to choose one or more existing definitions of low-income communities.