Climate Change

The Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015 (H.R. 2042)

Background

Congressman Ed Whitfield (R-KY), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power introduced the Ratepayer Protection Act on April 18, 2015. The legislation would allow states to delay compliance with EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule, proposed under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, until all legal challenges to the regulation are resolved.  It would also allow governors to opt out of compliance altogether if they determine that the CPP would have a “significant adverse effect” on either their state’s electric ratepayers or electric grid reliability.  The legislation has been approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee but has not been considered on the House Floor for final approval.

Key Actions

June 24, 2015 – The House passed the legislation on a roll call vote of 247-180.

April 29, 2015 – The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the legislation 28-22 during a committee markup.

April 22, 2015 – The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power approved the bill 17-12 during a subcommittee markup.

April 18, 2015 – Representative Ed Whitfield (R-KY) introduced the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.

April 14, 2015 – The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing to review a draft version of the Ratepayer Protection Act.