Power plants produce about one-third of all greenhouse gases in the US. On Monday, the Environmental Protection Agency released a new proposal designed to ensure that by 2030 carbon dioxide emission from power plants would be 30 percent lower than they were in 2005.
In some parts of the country, that’s a fairly ambitious target. But not here in Massachusetts. We’ve already cut our power plant emissions significantly since 2005, and we’re easily on pace to meet the targets in the proposal. These reductions were achieved as part of a cooperatve, multi-state approach called the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, or RGGI for short (pronounced Reggie).