Carbon Pollution Standards Map


 

In its proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants (also called the Clean Power Plan), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposes a unique 2030 target emissions rate for each state. This target is based on EPA projections of how each state could leverage a variety of carbon-cutting measures, including adding new, non-hydro renewable generation. EPA based its projections of the amount of new renewable generation achievable in each state on regional benchmarks and existing generation, leading to high variability state to state. States are not obligated to meet EPA's renewable projections to comply with the proposed Clean Power Plan. Provided the ultimate target emission rate is met, states could use any measures they see fit.

The map above shows EPA's projections of renewable generation in each state by 2030. A few states, in purple, already meet or exceed EPA's projection. Several others, in green, would exceed EPA's 2030 projections if they meet their own Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) policies, which are typically designed to deliver a greater share of renewables in a shorter time frame. States in yellow have RPS policies, but these policies are not aggressive enough as currently written to meet EPA's projections. States in beige would likely need additional policy drivers to meet EPA's projections. The circles indicate how much renewable generation a state already has in relation to its 2030 projection. The smaller the circle, the further the state needs to go from 2012 levels to reach its 2030 projection.

Zoom in and click on a state to see:

  • How much of its generation portfolio was non-hydro renewable in 2012
  • How much of its generation EPA projects to be non-hydro renewable in 2030
  • Its RPS target, where applicable
  • How far along the state already is toward its 2030 EPA projection (by clicking on the circle)

More information: C2ES Carbon Pollution Standards Resource Page

Note:

D.C. and Vermont are not included because they are not covered by the Clean Power Plan.

Sources: 

2012 Generation data for non-hydro renewables and fossil fuels: Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule Technical Documents - Spreadsheets; Technical Support Document: Goal Computation - Appendix 1

2012 Generation data for hydro and nuclear: EIA Electricity Data Browser, Net Generation

Renewable Portfolio Standard data: C2ES Map: Renewable and Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards

2030 Projected generation from non-hydro renewables and fossil fuels: Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule Technical Documents - Spreadsheets; Technical Support Document: Goal Computation - Appendix 1

2030 Projected generation from hydro and nuclear: Assume unchanged from 2012