The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) this week granted a stay of the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the electric utility sector. This decision delays the implementation of the rule until the courts have the opportunity to determine the plan’s legality.
The case against the plan is pending before the D.C. Circuit Court, where arguments will be heard June 2. A decision is possible in 2016, but might not be made until 2017.
Meanwhile, there is some legal question about whether the state implementation deadlines (the first is September of this year) are tolled until a final legal resolution is achieved. Read more on that here.