Midcontinent Power Sector Collaborative
The Midcontinent (formerly Midwestern) Power Sector Collaborative (MPSC) brings together power companies—investor-owned utilities, generation and transmission cooperatives, a merchant generator and a municipal joint action agency—together with environmental organizations and state environmental and utility regulators to consider an optimal approach to reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants, should federal regulation move forward. The Collaborative is convened by the Great Plains Institute.
Launched in the Fall of 2011, the Collaborative seeks to inform sound federal policy based on meaningful agreement among coal-based power companies, environmental advocates and regulators in a region that generates most of its electricity from coal.
In November 2013, Collaborative participants achieved important consensus on an initial set of recommendations, which they presented to senior officials at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency prior to the drafting of an anticipated federal rule to regulate existing power plant carbon emissions. Collaborative participants will build on this effort and make further joint recommendations in the future.
On June 2, 2014, EPA issued the draft guidelines, and they were published in the Federal Register on June 18, 2014. Collaborative participants studied the draft guidelines during the comment period and submitted consensus recommendations to EPA on December 1, 2014. EPA published the Clean Power Plan final rule on August 3, 2015. Collaborative participants will be examining the elements of the final rule during the coming months.
The work of the Collaborative is supported by funding from the Energy Foundation.
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