Washington’s Clean Power Plan
EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule establishes state-specific goals to reduce carbon pollution (CO2) from existing
power plants. The goals are based on Washington’s unique mix of power sources and emissions, and can be met in several ways.
Washington’s specific CO2 emissions goals for 2030 are:
- 983 pounds of CO2 per Megawatt hour
- 10.7 million short tons of CO2 per year
To meet these goals we can:
- Make fossil fuel power plants more efficient.
- Use lower-emitting power sources.
- Expand renewable energy generation.
Ecology is partnering with the Department of Commerce and the Utilities and Transportation Commission to
develop Washington’s CPP using these goals. The CPP must show that the 11 affected power plants in Washington
emit at or below the goals by 2030. If Washington does not develop its own plan, EPA will impose a plan on Washington.
The work to develop the State’s plan will be done in a phased approach. We are meeting with the public,
representatives of vulnerable communities, the owners of the power plants, and the environmental community. With the
information gathered at these meetings, we are evaluating approaches to develop
the plan design concept. The phases below outline our process:
Phases and Timeline for Washington’s Clean Power Plan
|Thru Spring 2017
- Stakeholder and public meetings
- Conduct environmental justice analysis and begin outreach to vulnerable communities
- Prepare plan design concept
Prepare final plan
|Thru September 2018
- Continue stakeholder work and environmental justice engagement
- Complete modeling/analysis
- Develop final plan
- Rule development
- Public hearings
- Submit final plan to EPA
||Preparation for interim carbon emission limits
Meet Interim Goal
||Take steps to reach carbon emission limits
Meet final goal
|2030 and beyond
||Take steps to maintain carbon emission limits
Please see our public involvement page for information on engagement opportunities. For more information, contact
Joanna Ekrem, 360-407-6826.