Clean Power Plan

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized new rules designed to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants across the country. Known collectively as the Clean Power Plan, the rules are designed to maintain an affordable, reliable energy system while cutting pollution and protecting public health and the environment. The Clean Power Plan includes new source performance standards and emission guidelines for both new and existing electric generating units.
The U.S. Supreme Court stayed the plan on February 9, 2016, pending outcome of legal challenges.
Colorado has already taken a number of regulatory initiatives to reduce carbon pollution, including retiring or repowering coal-fired units, increasing renewable energy use and energy efficiency, and reducing energy demand. The state will develop a plan that meets Colorado’s needs.
Carbon dioxide (CO2) is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. Coal-fired power plants are estimated to account for as much as 40 percent of carbon dioxide emissions nationwide. The new federal rules call for a significant reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030.
Public involvement
Colorado is developing a Clean Power Plan through a public process. The process includes opportunities for input from diverse stakeholders across Colorado. Watch this website for more information about upcoming public meetings. Members of the Colorado Air Quality Control Commission may be in attendance. 
Upcoming meetings

Previous meetings
  • April 27, 2016, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Moffat County High School Auditorium, 900 Finley Ln, Craig, CO 81625
  • Focus: Energy Communities Planning for the Future (the focus of this meeting has been broadened from the Clean Power Plan to a wide-ranging discussion about Energy Communities Planning for the Future)
  • Co-hosted with the City of Craig
  • Agenda.


  • February 22, 2016, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Topics: Supreme Court stay of plan, Colorado's compliance status and compliance options
  • Agenda.
  • Presentation.
  • Webcast recording.


  • Jauary 27, 2016, ​Brush High School Auditorium
  • Focus: Rural low-income communities and the Clean Energy Incentive Program​
  • Agenda.
  • Webcast recording.
Commerce City
  • January 14, 2016, Commerce City Civic Center, 7887 E. 60th Ave., Commerce City, CO 80022
  • Focus: Urban low-income communities and the Clean Energy Incentive Program
  • Agenda.
  • Webcast recording.


  • November 9, 2015, at Fort Lewis College Student Union, Durango, Colorado, as part of the Four Corners Air Quality Group annual meeting.
  • Division staff were available at a table during a poster session to record limited verbal or written public comments on Colorado’s development of a state Clean Power Plan.
  • Attendance list.
  • More information about the Four Corners Air Quality Group meeting.
  • October 23, 2015, at the National Reneweable Energy Laboratory.
  • Division staff participated in the Colorado Energy Office's Energy Efficiency Workshop.
More information