California files 1st state Clean Power Plan compliance draft despite SCOTUS stay

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive.

Dive Brief:

  • California is the first in the nation to develop a compliance plan to meet Clean Power Plan goals, but because the state is already a leader in clean energy and emissions reductions there is little new that it will need to do, ClimateWire reports. 
  • The plan largely continues the state's cap-and-trade program and other measures in place for a decade, but adds a federally-enforceable "backstop" mechanism in case its program is not successful.
  • The U.S Supreme Court stayed the Clean Power Plan in February but California said it would develop a compliance plan regardless. Overall, the law targets a 32% reduction in carbon emissions from the power sector by 2030. California's target reduction is 13.2%.