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Cadmus Report Assesses State Options for Clean Power Plan Compliance

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Friday, June 5, 2015

Waltham, Mass., May 14, 2015—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that it had issued a final report for the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB) based on research exploring multi-state compliance options for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed 111(d) rule, also known as the Clean Power Plan. The full report is available at www.cadmusgroup.com/111d-west.

Under the proposed Clean Power Plan, EPA would establish numeric greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals for every state and require each state to develop and submit a compliance plan outlining how it will achieve and enforce those goals. States will be allowed to submit single-state or multi-state compliance plans.

The report, “Exploring and Evaluating Modular Approaches to Multi-State Compliance with EPA’s Clean Power Plan in the West,” assesses multi-state collaboration on select elements—referred to as “modules”—of state compliance plans that consider renewable energy, energy efficiency, and re-dispatch (supplanting coal and oil with lower-emitting natural gas) approaches to reducing emissions.

“Our principal findings indicate that the modular approach is indeed a valid strategy for compliance with the requirements of 111(d),” said Kate Wilson, primary author of the report and director of Cadmus’ greenhouse gas and sustainability reporting services. “Furthermore, our team found that the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS), with some enhancements, is a potential platform to support this approach for the states in the Western Interconnection. The modular approach, supported by a system such as WREGIS, could benefit states as they approach 111(d) in that it is conducive to multi-state solutions without requiring one or more states that would like to cooperate to engage in complex negotiations and agreements on all compliance plan elements. It also offers the opportunity to lower overall compliance costs and allows greater compliance flexibility in cases where collaborating states offer comparative advantages. This research offers valuable insight for other states around the country looking to explore their compliance strategy.”

The report also identifies a range of policy considerations states will need to take into account before engaging in a modular approach and recommends ways of resolving them, with the caveat that EPA may address them in final 111(d) rules. The final 111(d) rule is expected this summer.

“Cadmus distilled complex technical material into a highly informative report for policymakers,” said Alaine Ginocchio of WIEB. “It describes what is needed to track and trade renewable energy and energy efficiency and demonstrate compliance with the Clean Power Plan. WIEB will continue to develop these ideas and the policy considerations identified.”

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Cadmus Report Assesses State Options for Clean Power Plan Compliance

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Friday, May 15, 2015

Waltham, Mass., May 14, 2015—The Cadmus Group, Inc. (Cadmus) announced today that it had issued a final report for the Western Interstate Energy Board (WIEB) based on research exploring multi-state compliance options for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed 111(d) rule, also known as the Clean Power Plan. The full report is available at www.cadmusgroup.com/111d-west.

Under the proposed Clean Power Plan, EPA would establish numeric greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals for every state and require each state to develop and submit a compliance plan outlining how it will achieve and enforce those goals. States will be allowed to submit single-state or multi-state compliance plans.

The report, “Exploring and Evaluating Modular Approaches to Multi-State Compliance with EPA’s Clean Power Plan in the West,” assesses multi-state collaboration on select elements—referred to as “modules”—of state compliance plans that consider renewable energy, energy efficiency, and re-dispatch (supplanting coal and oil with lower-emitting natural gas) approaches to reducing emissions.

“Our principal findings indicate that the modular approach is indeed a valid strategy for compliance with the requirements of 111(d),” said Kate Wilson, primary author of the report and director of Cadmus’ greenhouse gas and sustainability reporting services. “Furthermore, our team found that the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS), with some enhancements, is a potential platform to support this approach for the states in the Western Interconnection. The modular approach, supported by a system such as WREGIS, could benefit states as they approach 111(d) in that it is conducive to multi-state solutions without requiring one or more states that would like to cooperate to engage in complex negotiations and agreements on all compliance plan elements. It also offers the opportunity to lower overall compliance costs and allows greater compliance flexibility in cases where collaborating states offer comparative advantages. This research offers valuable insight for other states around the country looking to explore their compliance strategy.”

The report also identifies a range of policy considerations states will need to take into account before engaging in a modular approach and recommends ways of resolving them, with the caveat that EPA may address them in final 111(d) rules. The final 111(d) rule is expected this summer.

“Cadmus distilled complex technical material into a highly informative report for policymakers,” said Alaine Ginocchio of WIEB. “It describes what is needed to track and trade renewable energy and energy efficiency and demonstrate compliance with the Clean Power Plan. WIEB will continue to develop these ideas and the policy considerations identified.”

About The Cadmus Group, Inc.

Cadmus is an employee-owned consultancy committed to helping our clients address complex challenges by applying diverse skills and experiences in a highly collaborative environment. By assisting our clients in achieving their goals, we create social and economic value today and for future generations. Founded in 1983, we leverage our staff’s exceptional expertise in the physical and life sciences, engineering, social sciences, strategic communication, architecture and design, law, policy analysis, and the liberal arts to provide an array of research and analytical services in the United States and abroad. See more at www.cadmusgroup.com.

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Western states explore ‘modular’ credit trading to satisfy Clean Power Plan requirements

Posted By Kathleen Humphrey, Monday, May 11, 2015

Reprinted from E&E Daily with permission from Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC. www.eenews.net. 202/628-6500

Emily Holden, E&E reporter

Published: Monday, May 4, 2015

States could benefit from a “modular” approach to regional coordination on the Clean Power Plan that would allow them to trade credits for renewable energy, energy efficiency and re-dispatch to natural gas, according to a report commissioned by the Western Interstate Energy Board.

The study, from the consulting firm Cadmus, concludes that states having a hard time meeting their individual carbon-reduction goals could save money by buying credits from states that are better positioned, rather than investing directly in their own emissions-cutting measures. And they wouldn’t necessarily need to formally submit plans together, negating the possible need for Congress to sign off on proposals to make them binding.

“The partial multi-state modular approach where two states collaborate on one element of their plan in a formal manner … is a really good mechanism because you can get the benefits of a multi-state approach without having to negotiate and engage in stakeholder discussions on every element of your plan,” said Kate Wilson, a co-author of the report.

EPA’s draft rule requires each state to write a plan to cut carbon emissions by a certain amount by 2030, to total a 30 percent reduction nationwide. The regulation says states can work together, but it does not clearly address this kind of modular strategy. Researchers in other parts of the country have been looking into similar options (ClimateWire, March 17).

Among the highlights, Cadmus found that an existing renewable energy credit, or REC, tracking platform in the West, WREGIS, could work well for swapping credits for reducing power use with energy efficiency programs.

The system could include a special marker on credits that are eligible as compliance methods under EPA’s guidelines. WREGIS already uses markers to identify credits that are compatible with the California Independent System Operator’s requirements, Wilson said.

Cadmus said states could also benefit from trading credits for re-dispatching to natural gas, or running existing natural gas plants more to limit the need for coal-fired plants. The group explored the “buy versus build” decision many states might face under the Clean Power Plan.

Concerns about double-counting

Researchers looked at how one fuel-diverse state could sell re-dispatch credits to another coal-reliant state. They found that working independently, the two states could cut 3.3 million tons of CO2 at $45.47 per megawatt-hour. Working together, they could reduce nearly five times as much carbon — 15.1 million tons — at a higher cost of $56.10 per megawatt-hour.

But states will still have to weigh how those compliance costs compare to their other options.

There are some roadblocks to the modular approach. Wilson said states would have to sort out how to quantify the emissions reductions achieved from investing in renewable energy or cutting back on power use. And they will need to develop consistent definitions for what counts and get those terms approved by EPA.

Wilson cautioned that there is a higher potential for double-counting credits, which EPA will not allow. The risk occurs if some states use a rate-based standard — and cut the amount of carbon emitted per megawatt-hour of power produced — while others use a mass-based standard and cap the total tons of carbon emissions allowed.

Cadmus presented the report last week to WIEB’s State Provincial Steering Committee, a mix of representatives from agencies and utility commissions in WIEB’s 11 states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Click here to watch the recorded webinar on the report or download the report here.

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