By , John Siciliano
Published December 20, 2015
The Environmental Protection Agency may be picking winners and losers as it wraps up talks with states, utilities and others on creating a clean energy program meant to drive solar, wind and energy efficiency to help states comply with far-reaching emission rules.
The EPA wrapped up initial calls with stakeholders Tuesday on its Clean Energy Incentive Program, after President Obama left Paris after the beginning of the United Nations climate change negotiations that will conclude Dec. 11.
The incentive program is a key part of EPA's climate rules for power plants, which are integral to the U.S. meeting its commitments under any U.N. agreement on emission reductions. The weeks of calls the agency concluded Tuesday were meant to field questions about the clean energy program, which was not included in the draft rules but added when the rules were finalized.