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Affordable Reliable Electricity Now Act of 2015

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Affordable Reliable Electricity Now Act of 2015

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A bill to require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to fulfill certain requirements before regulating standards of performance for new, modified, and reconstructed fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating units, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
10/29/2015Committee on Environment and Public Works. Reported by Senator Inhofe without amendment. With written report No. 114-159. Minority views filed.
05/13/2015Introduced in Senate

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10/29/2015Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 283.
Action By: Senate
10/29/2015Committee on Environment and Public Works. Reported by Senator Inhofe without amendment. With written report No. 114-159. Minority views filed.
08/05/2015Committee on Environment and Public Works. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
06/23/2015Committee on Environment and Public Works Senate Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety. Hearings held. With printed Hearing: S.Hrg. 114-53.
Action By: Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety
05/13/2015Read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S3894)
Action By: Senate

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Senate Environment and Public Works05/13/2015 Referred to
08/05/2015 Markup by
10/29/2015 Reported by S. Rept. 114-159
Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Clean Air and Nuclear Safety06/23/2015 Hearings by

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Reported to Senate without amendment (10/29/2015)

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Affordable Reliable Electricity Now Act of 2015

(Sec. 3) This bill requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to meet certain conditions prior to issuing, implementing, or enforcing a rule under the Clean Air Act that: (1) establishes a performance standard for greenhouse gas emissions from new, modified, or reconstructed fossil fuel-fired power plants (new power plants); and (2) addresses carbon dioxide emissions from existing fossil fuel-fired power plants (existing power plants).

In issuing those rules for new power plants, the EPA must: (1) place power plants fueled with coal and natural gas into separate categories, and (2) establish a separate subcategory for power plants using coal below a specified average heat content. The EPA must base greenhouse gas standards for new power plans on existing carbon capture and storage technology. Before the EPA can establish a greenhouse gas standard based on the best system of emission reduction for new power plants, the standard must first be achieved for at least one year at representative power plants throughout the country. The EPA may not use results obtained from demonstration projects when setting the standard.

(Sec. 4) In order to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, the EPA must:

  • report on the quantity of projected greenhouse gas emission reductions,
  • assess the impacts of a rule to EPA's climate indicators, and
  • issue state-specific model plans demonstrating how each state can meet the required greenhouse gas emission reductions.

States need not adopt or implement a state plan, or be subject to a federal plan, that addresses carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants if the plan would negatively affect: (1) economic growth, competitiveness, and jobs; (2) the reliability of its electricity system; or (3) electricity ratepayers by causing rate increases.

The bill extends the compliance dates of those rules for existing power plants pending final judicial review.

(Sec. 5) State noncompliance with any of those rules for new or existing power plants does not constitute a reason for imposing a highway project sanction.

(Sec. 6) The bill nullifies specified rules under the Clean Air Act concerning greenhouse gases from power plants.

(Sec. 7) The EPA may regulate an existing power plant for either hazardous air pollutants or non-hazardous pollution, but not both.