EPA Repeals Clean Power Plan

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On Wednesday, June 19, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized its repeal of an Obama administration greenhouse gas rule for power plants and adopted a new regulation in its place. Unlike the previous regulation, the Trump administration’s rule does not adversely involve the housing industry. The Obama-era Clean Power Plan was a sweeping regulation that would have impacted nearly every aspect of the U.S. economy as the rule sought to influence electricity end-uses, including housing. NAHB opposed the Clean Power Plan, both in regulatory comments and through litigation, because it served as a federal incentive for states to adopt stringent energy-efficiency building codes, and could have disrupted many of the energy-efficiency programs in which NAHB members participate at the state and local levels. Shortly after inauguration, the Trump administration took initial steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan. It has instituted a regulation that better aligns with the EPA’s statutory authority under the Clean Air Act by focusing on reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the power plants themselves — a perspective referred to as "inside the fence line." This rule, the Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, does not impact industries outside the power companies and ensures that NAHB members will not have to worry about federally instigated energy-efficiency building codes or other adverse results. Visit the EPA’s ACE rule page for more information on the regulation, including fact sheets, copies of the final rule and accompanying regulatory impact analysis. For more information, please contact Tamra Spielvogel at 800-368-5242 x8327.

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