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What the Clean Power Plan Means For America

President Obama is announcing the finalization of America's Clean Power Plan, the biggest step we've ever taken to combat climate change.

BREAKING: On Monday, President Obama will release the final version of America's Clean Power Plan—the biggest, most...

Posted by The White House on Saturday, August 1, 2015


On Monday, August 3, President Obama is announcing the finalization of America's Clean Power Plan, the biggest step we've ever taken to combat climate change. This plan sets the first-ever carbon pollution standards for power plants, while providing states and utilities with the flexibility they need to meet those standards.

Watch the President's remarks:


Here's why this matters:

Existing power plants are the largest single source of carbon pollution in the United States.


The CPP adds carbon pollution to a list of emissions targeted for reduction, which already includes harmful pollutants like arsenic, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, and soot. 

870 million metric tons

Carbon pollution cut by the Clean Power Plan 


The economic benefits of the CPP far outweigh the costs. 

$8.4 billion

Estimated cost of the Clean Power Plan

$54 billion

Estimated worth of the public health and climate benefits of the Clean Power Plan


Approximate annual energy bill savings per household

$155 billion

Consumer savings from 2020-2030


The CPP invests more in renewable energy that ever before, creating tens of thousands of American jobs along the way.


Increase in renewable energy generation by 2030


Energy capacity from renewable sources by 2030


Cutting carbon emissions from power plants also has some major public health benefits. 


Fewer premature deaths


Fewer asthma attacks in children


Fewer heart attacks


Fewer hospital admissions


Fewer missed school and work days 


The CPP even sets new reduction targets for the pollutants that contribute to the soot and smog that make people sick.

318,000 tons

Reduction in sulfur dioxide

282,000 tons

Reduction in nitrogen dioxide


The importance of reducing carbon emissions is already apparent to many state governments who have taken action on their own. Under the CPP, states will have the flexibility to continue creating their own unique programs to meet their Carbon Dioxide Emission Performance Rate targets. 


Number of state with utilities that run demand-side energy efficiency programs


Number of states with renewable portfolio standards or goals


Number of states with market-based greenhouse gas emissions programs


Number of states with energy efficiency standards or goals


The Clean Power Plan is a landmark action to protect public health, reduce energy bills for households and businesses, create American jobs, and bring clean power to communities across the country.

Find out how the Clean Power Plan will impact your state:


Alabama                      Arizona                      Arkansas

California                     Colorado                   Connecticut

Delaware                     Florida                       Georgia

Idaho                           Illinois                         Indiana

Iowa                            Kansas                       Kentucky

Louisiana                    Maine                         Maryland

Massachusetts           Michigan                     Minnesota

Mississippi                  Missouri                      Montana

Nebraska                    Nevada                      New Hampshire

New Jersey                 New Mexico               New York

North Carolina             North Dakota              Ohio

Oklahoma                    Oregon                      Pennsylvania

Rhode Island               South Carolina          South Dakota

Tennessee                  Texas                        Utah

Virginia                        Washington               West Virginia

Wisconsin                    Wyoming