ANN ARBOR—The Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday that cuts carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years. The University of Michigan has several experts who can discuss the significance of the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed Clean Power Plan, which would cut carbon pollution from the U.S. power sector by using cleaner energy sources and cutting energy waste.
The U-M experts include:
Jeremiah Johnson, an assistant researcher scientist at the School of Natural Resources and Environment and a faculty affiliate of Energy Institute, is assessing the impact of meeting proposed carbon dioxide standards for existing power plants in Michigan. In a separate study, Johnson is analyzing Michigan's Renewable Portfolio Standards options, a portion of which involves an assessment of coal plant shutdowns driven by clean-air regulations.
Barry Rabe is a professor at the U-M Ford School of Public Policy and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. He was the first social scientist to receive a Climate Protection Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 2006 and is a member of the National Research Council committee on Risk Assessment and Risk Governance for Shale Gas Development.
Rabe can discuss the Obama administration climate initiatives and programs the EPA has launched in recent years, as well as the evolving role of U.S. states in climate policy.
"These rules, depending on their form and severity, can alter markets around fossil fuel-based energy with many associated implications," Hoffman said. "There would be increased incentives to move away from coal and toward renewables and possibly nuclear or natural gas, as well. These rules would also increase incentives to export coal to Europe and China."