On the Radio: Iowa’s role in the Clean Power Plan


Photo by André van Rooyen (Flickr)
Photo by André van Rooyen (Flickr)

This week’s On the Radio segment provides an overview of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently announced Clean Power Plan and what it means for Iowa’s energy providers. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

Transcript: Clean Power Plan overview and state’s roles

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan strives to significantly reduce carbon emissions in the U.S. by 2030 – but what does it mean for Iowa?

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

The Clean Power Plan – which was unveiled June 2nd – aims to reduce pollution from existing fossil fuel-burning power plants. Each state is given a goal for carbon emission reduction which allows for flexibility. The proposal gives states a 10- to 15-year window to meet these goals.

Because of a proactive investment in wind energy, Iowa’s carbon reduction goal is significantly lower than surrounding states. Iowa is expected to cut power plant emissions by 16 percent – nearly half the national average.  Reductions for neighboring states range from 21 percent for Missouri to 41 percent in Minnesota.

For more information about the Clean Power Plan, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org

From the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research, I’m Jerry Schnoor.

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