“The Clean Power Plan has two main parts: state-specific goals to lower carbon pollution from power plants and guidelines to help the states develop their plans for meeting the goals.”
The EPA is hoping to build on programs already working.
“Existing programs also recognize the interconnected nature of the power sector – looking from “plant to plug” to find cost-effective and proven solutions. For example, 47 states have utilities that run demand-side energy efficiency programs, 38 states have renewable portfolio standards or goals, and 10 states have market-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction programs.”
Quotes from: EPA FACT SHEET: Clean Power Plan: FLEXIBLE APPROACH TO CUTTING CARBON