Map: Stacking up the states under the Clean Power Plan


The Clean Power Plan, officially unveiled by President Obama yesterday, aims to cut CO2 emissions from electric utilities 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. But underpinning the national goal are dozens of distinct state-level goals for reducing emission performance rates.

Why the variance in state goals? The goals were designed by the EPA to reflect unique electric sector conditions in each state: their current mix of natural gas versus coal and oil plants and their potential to cost-effectively incorporate more renewable energy — and to a certain extent, natural gas — into that mix. South Dakota is required to make the biggest emission rate cut: 48 percent below a 2012 baseline by 2030. (South Dakota shouldn’t have too much trouble meeting its goal, since the state has lots of wind potential.) Connecticut has the lowest goal; the EPA is calling for a cut of only 7 percent below its 2012 CO2 emission performance…

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