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Designing CO2 Performance Standards for a Transitioning Electricity Sector: A Multi-Benefits Framework

December 2014

Citation: ELR 11068

Author: Jonas Monast and David Hoppock

A significant transition is underway within the electricity sector due to several market forces, retirement of certain plants, and regulatory pressures. There is notable overlap between available strategies for mitigating electricity sector risks and potential compliance strategies for states under the Clean Power Plan. This overlap presents regulators with an opportunity to pursue strategies that help manage the transition occurring in the electricity sector and achieve greenhouse gas reductions required under the Clean Power Plan, particularly in the areas of end-use energy efficiency and additional renewable power generation.

Jonas Monast is Climate and Energy Program Director at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and a Senior Lecturing Fellow at Duke Law School, and David Hoppock is Senior Policy Analyst at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

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