White House Plan Calls for Even Greater Greenhouse Gas Reductions
The final version of the EPA's Clean Power Plan is even more ambitious than anticipated.
The most forceful action on climate change in U.S. history was set to be unveiled by the Obama administration Monday afternoon when it releasesthe final version of a rule that would slash heat-trapping emissions from power plants — a regulation made even stricter since it was proposed last year.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan uses state-by-state targets to cut emissions 32 percent by 2030 from levels recorded in 2005 — up from 30 percent in the draft version of the rule.
TVA's 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP)
TVA’s final 2015 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) and associated Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) were released in July.
TenneSEIA has been an active stakeholder in the Tennessee Valley Renewable Information Exchange (TV-RIX) over the past two years in support of the solar inputs and assumptions used by TVA for the 2015 IRP.
Although TVA did not necessarily utilize all our recommendations regarding the inputs for solar, solar still gets picked up in the IRP modeling and will therefore play a relatively small but active role in TVA’s long-term resource plan.
The IRP will be presented to the TVA board of directors for approval at its August board meeting in Knoxville....
TVA 2015 Solar Programs & Community Solar
TVA’s 2015 solar programs are now public. While the Renewable Standard Offer appears relatively similar to the 2014 RSO, there are noteworthy changes to Green Power Providers (GPP) and the Solar Solutions Initiative (SSI). GPP has a new online application process, and an updated version of the GPP Participation Guidelines. TVA announced they'll be holding a webinar to go over the use of the new online application tool – see details on the GPP WEBSITE.
Meanwhile, the Solar Solutions Initiative is adding on 4 MW (on top of 16 MW) that is specifically allocated for Local Power Companies (LPCs) within TVA's territory. This is an exciting expansion of TVA's programs as it presents greater opportunity for LPC’s to develop community solar programs. local environmental advocacy groups developed a best practice resource guide for LPCs (and anyone else) engaging in community solar development in the Tennessee Valley.