EPA proposes additional details on Clean Energy Incentive Program

Stakeholders have opportunity to comment on program design elements

Posted June 22, 2016

EPA is proposing additional details for public comment about the optional Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), which was included in the final Clean Power Plan. The proposal provides an opportunity for stakeholders to comment on several program design elements including: clarifications about project eligibility including expanding eligibility to solar energy projects in low-income communities, providing states with the flexibility to choose one or more existing definitions of low-income community, and deciding how CEIP incentives should be made available to eligible renewable energy and energy efficiency project providers.

The proposal is informed by stakeholder listening sessions and a non-regulatory docket that gathered more than 5,000 comments. EPA’s engagement with the public on this proposal will continue with a 60-day public comment period, webinars, and a public hearing on August 3, 2016, in Chicago.

The CEIP was designed to help states and tribes meet their goals under the plan by encouraging early investments in zero-emitting renewable energy generation, and by removing barriers to investment in energy efficiency in low-income communities.

In 2015, President Obama and EPA finalized the Clean Power Plan – the first-ever national limits on reducing carbon pollution from existing power plants. In February 2016, the Supreme Court stayed the Clean Power Plan. While the courts review the plan, and during the stay, no state is required to comply with the Clean Power Plan. Many states and tribes have indicated that they plan to move forward voluntarily in cutting carbon pollution from power plants and have asked the agency to continue providing support and developing tools that may support those efforts, including the CEIP.

Visit the EPA website for additional information on the proposal.


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