FACT SHEET
The Affordable Clean Energy Rule (ACE)
ACTION
	On Wednesday, June 19, 2019, EPA issued the Affordable Clean Energy rule (ACE), an effort to
provide existing coal-fired electric utility generating units, or EGUs, with achievable and realistic
standards for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
	This action was finalized in conjunction with two related, but separate and distinct rulemakings:
1.	The repeal of the Clean Power Plan (CPP).
2.	Revised implementing regulations for ACE, ongoing emission guidelines, and all future
emission guidelines for existing sources issued under the authority of Clean Air Act
(CAA) section 111(d).
	ACE provides states with new emission guidelines that will inform the state's development of
standards of performance to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing coal-fired
EGUs  consistent with EPA's role as defined in the CAA.
PROMULGATING ACE AND ESTABLISHING EMISSION GUIDELINES
	ACE establishes heat rate improvement (HRI), or efficiency improvement, as the best system of
emissions reduction (BSER) for CO2 from coal-fired EGUs.
	Heat rate is a measure of the amount of energy required to generate a unit of
electricity.
	By employing a broad range of HRI technologies and techniques, EGUs can more efficiently
generate electricity with less carbon intensity.
	An improvement to heat rate results in a reduction in the emission rate of an EGU (in
terms of CO2 emissions per unit of electricity produced).
	The BSER is the best technology or other measure that has been adequately demonstrated to
improve emissions performance for a specific industry or process (a "source category"). In
determining the BSER, EPA considers technical feasibility, cost, non-air quality health and
environmental impacts, and energy requirements.
	The BSER must be applicable to, at, and on the premises of an affected facility.
	ACE lists six HRI "candidate technologies," as well as additional operating and maintenance
practices.
	The six candidate technologies are:
	Neural Network/Intelligent Sootblowers
	Boiler Feed Pumps
	Air Heater and Duct Leakage Control
	Variable Frequency Drives
	Blade Path Upgrade (Steam Turbine)
	Redesign/Replace Economizer
	For each candidate technology, EPA has provided information regarding the degree of emission
limitation achievable through application of the BSER as ranges of expected improvement and
costs.

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	States will establish unit-specific "standards of performance" that reflect the emission
limitation achievable through application of the BSER technologies.
	These technologies, equipment upgrades, and best operating and maintenance practices were
determined to comprise the BSER because they can be applied broadly and are expected to
provide significant HRI without limitations due to geography, fuel type, etc.
	ACE recognizes that EPA's statutory role is to determine the BSER and the degree of emission
limitation achievable through application of the BSER, and that the states' role is to develop
plans that establish unit-specific standards of performance that reflect application of the BSER.
	The CAA provides that states establish the standards of performance and explicitly directs EPA
to allow states to consider "the remaining useful life of the source" and other source-specific
factors in establishing standards of performance.
	States will evaluate applicability to their existing sources of the six candidate technologies and
improved operating and maintenance practices and take into consideration source-specific
factors in establishing a standard of performance at the unit level.
	States will submit plans to EPA that establish standards of performance and include measures
that provide for the implementation and enforcement of such standards.
	The plan submissions must explain how the state applied the BSER to each source - and how
the state took other factors into consideration - in setting unit-specific standards. These plans
are due in three years.
BACKGROUND
	ACE is promulgated under EPA's authority in section 111 of the CAA.
	CAA section 111(d)(1) requires EPA to prescribe regulations under which states submit state
plans for existing sources. This rulemaking's legal interpretation more appropriately balances
federal and state responsibilities as they are defined in the CAA.
STAKEHOLDER INPUT
	The advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) for ACE received 270,000 public
comments.
	The ACE proposal - which EPA issued in August 2018 - received 500,000 public comments and
more than 200 people provided oral testimony at an October 1, 2018, public hearing in Chicago.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
	Additional fact sheets along with copies of the final rule and accompanying Regulatory Impact
Analysis are on EPA's website at https://www.epa.gov/stationarv-sources-air-pollution/affordable"
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