From the Minnesota Department of Commerce August 2014 e-Newsletter: While some states are howling about complying with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Proposed Rule for Existing Power Plants, “Minnesota has been reining in its utilities’ carbon pollution for decades,” according to a July 17 New York Times article. The article is one of several accounts that laud Minnesota as a leader in pursuing goals of the proposed rule, which calls for a 30 percent reduction in carbon pollution from existing power plants by 2030. A few days before the proposed rule was announced in early June, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was in Minnesota to meet with Minnesota utility leaders. She praised Minnesota’s programs to advance energy efficiency: “Minnesota has been aggressive on this issue,” she said in a Star Tribune article. “We don’t need to start from scratch. People get this. We just need to learn from what’s already happening and figure out how to jump-start that in other places.” The EPA will accept public comments on the proposed rule until Oct. 16, 2014. A final rule is expected by June 1, 2015. Read the proposed rule as posted on the Federal Register.