With the confirmation late last week of Scott Pruitt as the new head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Clean Power Plan is in grave danger. Yet many in the renewables industry are relatively unperturbed.

There is little doubt that Pruitt, a climate sceptic who sued the EPA more than a dozen times in his previous role as attorney general of the oil-rich state of Oklahoma, will attempt to dismantle or weaken the Clean Power Plan (CPP), among other Obama-era environmental policies.