Comments Submitted by Ohio Environmental Council on the US EPA's Clean Power Plan

November 20, 2014

The United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (US EPA) Clean Power Plan, proposed on June 2, 2014, is a significant first step in preventing a future that scientists predict will include more intense and more frequent heat waves, droughts, extreme weather events and algal blooms. The proposed carbon pollution reductions in Ohio will help ensure our state is not contributing to what would otherwise be a global catastrophe, with substantial local impacts.

Our comment will demonstrate that Ohio, despite deriving close to 70% of its electricity from coal, is well positioned to not only meet the proposed carbon emission reduction rate of 28%, but can achieve even greater carbon emission reductions than what the US EPA proposes without, once the plan is fully implemented, increasing electricity prices.