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WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of four states—Michigan, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Utah—to participate in a Policy Academy on Helping States Prepare for Federal Greenhouse Gas Rules in the Electric Power Sector. The goal of this effort is to help states examine cost-effective strategies for meeting the potential requirements of forthcoming federal regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.

Each participating state will receive tailored modeling of their electricity sector to assess potential compliance options, access to leading researchers in this area and technical assistance from NGA. By the end of the policy academy, each state will develop a strategy to inform state compliance planning. Although there is uncertainty about the final provisions of the rule, the effort will help states identify various options and assess their potential implications.

“This is a great opportunity to help Pennsylvanians write a Clean Power Plan that will work for Pennsylvania and improve our economy and environment.” said Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.

The policy academy will help states better understand the economic and environmental effects and implementation needs of different strategies by:

  • Modeling potential compliance scenarios for the electricity sector;
  • Fostering enhanced coordination among state agencies;
  • Engaging in stakeholder dialogues; and
  • Exchanging insights and examples with peers from other states.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is expected to issue its final rule this summer; state compliance plans are expected to be due one year later, with possible extensions.

An NGA policy academy is a highly interactive, team-based, multi-state process in which a number of states develop and implement a plan to address a complex public policy issue. Participating states receive guidance and technical assistance from NGA staff and faculty experts, as well as consultants from the private sector, federal agencies, research organizations and academia.

For more information about this and other NGA Center for Best Practices Environment, Energy & Transportation Division efforts, visit www.nga.org/cms/center/eet.