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Some states roll up their sleeves on Clean Power Plan

States that are part of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator and the PJM Interconnection will hold separate meetings within the next six weeks to discuss the Clean Power Plan, according to Doug Scott, vice president of strategic initiatives at the Great Plains Institute.

The state groups will review potential plan types, take deeper dives on technical issues and look at modeling results.

The two groups will come together for a public workshop hosted by the Great Plains Institute in late March or early April, likely in Indianapolis. The Bipartisan Policy Center and Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions will assist with the workshop.

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will hold a stakeholder meeting tomorrow on the state's response to the Clean Power Plan, focusing on the proposed federal implementation plan and model trading rules for carbon. The meeting will be at MISO's operations center in Little Rock. EnergyWire's Edward Klump will be tracking the meeting.

Also tomorrow, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will take comments on the proposed federal implementation plan and review a menu of potential compliance options. The DEQ will also develop a work plan on outreach to "vulnerable communities." ClimateWire's Emily Holden will be reporting.

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Tomorrow evening in Wilmington, North Carolina's Division of Air Quality will host the last of an initial round of public hearings on the Clean Power Plan.

In Georgia on Thursday, the Environmental Protection Division will hold a meeting on EPA's program to provide incentives for early adoption of some renewable energy measures and for energy efficiency measures for low-income households. EnergyWire's Kristi E. Swartz will be reporting.

In Washington, D.C., on Thursday, the Council on Foreign Relations will host a conversation with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on climate policy and the recently concluded Paris talks.

In case you missed it:

  • Superstar lawyers gird for epic court battle over Clean Power Plan (Greenwire, Dec. 24, 2015).
  • Xcel Energy Inc. CEO Ben Fowke looks to wind, solar as compliance options in Upper Midwest (EnergyWire, Dec. 24, 2015).
  • Montana, Wyoming and Kentucky double down in opposing climate rule (ClimateWire, Dec. 23, 2015).
  • Federal office finds Clean Power Plan isn't specific enough for smaller businesses (ClimateWire, Dec. 23, 2015).
  • Michigan can meet EPA's carbon reduction targets through at least the middle of the next decade by merely carrying out existing state policies (EnergyWire, Dec. 23, 2015).
  • North Dakota utilities, regulators air gripes about EPA carbon rule's costs, mandates (ClimateWire, Dec. 22, 2015).
  • New Mexico power companies are moving on Clean Power Plan but fear that politics could play havoc (ClimateWire, Dec. 21, 2015).

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