In June 2014, the US Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules (the “Clean Power Plan”) to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants. Under the proposal, each state must develop a plan to achieve a specific emissions reduction target. Last year, ADEQ conducted a series of stakeholder meetings to discuss potential comments on the Clean Power Plan proposal. In February or March of this year, ADEQ intends to reconvene this stakeholder process to discuss possible strategies for implementation of the final Clean Power Plan.
To build upon and provide additional information to this process, ASU LightWorks will be convening a series of workshops over the next few months. The first two workshops will both take place on Tuesday, February 24th, 9am-1:30pm (lunch included) and/or 2-4:30 pm at ASU SkySong (1475 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ).
The goals for the 9 am-1:30 pm workshop are as follows:
1. Provide an update on the EPA’s proposed rule and how it is likely to affect Arizona and other states.
2. Begin to explore policy options and scenarios for meeting the EPA’s requirements.
3. Identify tools needed to analyze these scenarios in terms of economic impacts, grid reliability, and regional coordination.
The second workshop will run from 2 pm-4:30 pm:
The US EPA has proposed a new rule that would alter the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for Ozone, from the current 75 parts per billion to between 65 and 70 ppb. We will host a workshop with two panels on this subject that will achieve the following:
1. Explore how ozone is formed and how it is measured in Arizona and the wider West.
2. Consider the potential implications of the EPA’s new ozone proposal, including how it will interplay with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan in Arizona.
Please RSVP to Edward.Burgess@asu.edu<mailto:Edward.Burgess@asu.edu.