Midcontinent Power Sector Collaborative

The Midcontinent Power Sector Collaborative (MPSC or the Collaborative) brings together power companies—investor-owned utilities, generation and transmission cooperatives, merchant generators and a municipal joint action agency—together with environmental organizations and state environmental and utility regulators to consider an optimal approach to reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants and meet Clean Power Plan requirements, should the requirements survive legal challenges.  The Collaborative is convened and staffed by the Great Plains Institute. 

Launched in the fall of 2011, the Collaborative seeks to inform sound federal and state policy based on meaningful agreement among 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 built on this effort and made further joint recommendations.

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 October 23, 2015, as well as proposed model emissions trading rules that state can use to implement the federal requirements. 

As part of the issuance of the Clean Power Plan, the EPA proposed establishment of a Clean Energy Incentive Program for states to encourage certain early emission reduction projects. In November, 2016, Collaborative participants submitted comments to the EPA on the proposed rule for Clean Energy Incentive Program Design Details.

Collaborative participants are examining elements of the final rule and draft model rules, and are producing a series of white papers designed to help states make key decisions under the Clean Power Plan. 

The work of the Collaborative is supported by funding from the Energy Foundation, the Joyce Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.


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