the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as projects in Canada, told TransmissionHub that the proposed repeal
of the CPP “has no effect” on the company’s plans
for electric transmission development.
“We understood that this was in the works
when the election occurred and expected it,” he
said. “Though regrettable it’s not a surprise. We
continue to develop projects to meet states’ RPS
(renewable portfolio standard) goals.”
On whether repealing the CPP will facilitate
the development of U.S. energy resources and
reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens, as the
EPA claimed, Bruno said: “I am skeptical about
the prospects of repealing the CPP. It was based
on sound science and the courts will likely view
efforts to roll it back as arbitrary.”
In a statement provided to Transmission-
Hub, also in October, Entergy said that it re-
mains focused on its long-term plans, which
include enhancing its generation assets and
working closely with its regulators to improve
reliability and efficiency.
A New York Power Authority (NYPA) spokes-
person told TransmissionHub, “(There) will be
no impact to NYPA’s transmission or renewable
energy development plans if the Clean Power
Plan is repealed.”
He also said, “New York has embarked on
modernizing its grid and moving toward a more
consumer-oriented energy system providing
for more resiliency, affordability and to make it
cleaner under Reforming the Energy Vision long
before the Clean Power Plan’s enactment.”
The American Public Power Association sup-
ports the repeal of the CPP, as noted in a separate
Oct. 10 statement.
“We do need a replacement rule that will allow our community-owned, not-for-profit member public power utilities the flexibility to provide reliable, low-cost electricity to more than
49 million Americans, while protecting the environment,” Carolyn Slaughter, director of environmental services with the association, added
in the statement.
Slaughter said that a replacement to the CPP
must be based upon a “best system of emission
reduction” that can be applied within the fence
line of an electric generating unit; allow states
to make a case-by-case determination for flexible emission limits for certain units; and account for the remaining useful life of an electric
An American Electric Power (AEP) spokesperson in October told TransmissionHub that the
company supports a replacement for the CPP
that is consistent with the EPA’s legal authority
under the Clean Air Act.
However, AEP is moving to a cleaner energy
future, driven by new technologies and the expectations of its customers and shareholders,
the spokesperson said.
AEP has factored future carbon regulations
into its evaluation of generation resource options for many years, and it continues to do so,
the spokesperson said, adding that AEP has cut
its CO2 emissions by 44 percent since 2000, and
will reduce emissions further as it continues to
transition to cleaner forms of energy.
The spokesperson noted that AEP in July announced plans to invest $4.5 billion in the “
largest single-site” wind farm in the United States in
Oklahoma and a 350-mile, 765-kV transmission
line to deliver that clean energy to its customers.
Between now and 2030, AEP plans to add about
2,400 MW of solar generation, 4,900 MW of wind
generation, and 2,130 MW of natural gas generation to its generating fleet, subject to regulatory
approvals, she said.
In addition, AEP is investing $9 billion in the
transmission grid in the same timeframe to
make the bulk power delivery system more resilient and responsive to new resources and technologies, the spokesperson said.
In a statement provided to TransmissionHub
in October, Quin Shea, Edison Electric Insti-
tute vice president, Environment, said: “As EPA
moves to repeal the Clean Power Plan, we also
encourage the agency to move forward with a
replacement rule that provides states with com-
pliance flexibility, and that allows the electric
power industry to continue its fleet transition.”
Shea added that as of 2016, the industry’s CO2
emissions have been reduced 25 percent from
2005 levels, and that trajectory is expected to
continue over the long term.
A PJM Interconnection spokesperson told
TransmissionHub that PJM does not advocate
“We are neutral but stand ready to support
policymakers with analysis and information that
may help them as they consider policies,” the
spokesperson said. “To that end, last September
PJM published an analysis of CPP compliance
pathways at the request of our states.”