Fabian Koehrer is an intern at the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE). He is a recent MA graduate from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he focused on energy and environmental issues. Originally from Austria, where he completed his undergraduate studies, he has gained experience in the energy industry by working in the utility sector as well as a global think tank.
On August 3rd, 2015, President Barak Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the final version of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The CPP sets the first national standards to address carbon pollution from existing power plants and demonstrates to the global community that the United States is willing to take action to combat climate change. The CPP uses Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act (CAA) to set state-specific carbon dioxide (CO2) emission reduction targets with an overall nationwide reduction of 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. While setting these targets, the CPP is designed to allow states maximum flexibility in how they achieve their individual objectives.