White House mulls massive reduction in power emissions

|By:, SA News Editor

The White House is considering forcing power plants to cut carbon emissions by 25% over a 15-year period, Bloomberg reports.

The problem is that owners can only cut so much of a facility's emissions by increasing efficiency, so a lot of the reduction could have to come by "going outside the fence," such as by deepening the use of renewable energy, improving grid efficiency and encouraging customers to use less electricity.

Trying to compel operators to rely on such external measures could run afoul of what the government is allowed to do under the Clean Air Act.

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