Infrastructure Key to Clean Power Plan's Success
The federal government’s Clean Power Plan has caused a seismic shift in the way High Plains states approach their energy policy. The plan, unveiled last year, gives states flexibility to achieve its mandates for reducing pollution. It sets ambitious but achievable goals. And it allows states to meet these goals in creative ways, instead of dictating the methods. The Clean Power Plan also provides credits for innovative ideas.
These credits have already spurred new renewable energy development. But the Center for Rural Affairs has a gentle reminder for states and for the federal government. Don’t overlook infrastructure.
As states search for new opportunities to build projects, it’s key that we also modernize our electric grids. Effective electric transmission systems are a vital part of meeting carbon reduction goals. They’re also a big part of building renewable energy in new areas.