Electricity Markets Will Continue to Evolve, Despite Supreme Court Ruling to Stay Clean Power Plan

Release Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2016
A Statement from Alliance to Save Energy Senior VP of Policy and Research Kelly Speakes-Backman

"Yesterday the Supreme Court decided narrowly in a 5-4 vote to stay the Clean Power Plan while the D.C. Circuit Court reviews the merits of the legal challenges opposing the rule. While it is unfortunate to see a legal "pause" button pushed for states already underway with their planning processes, it is important to recognize that this in no way reflects a final decision on the merits or legality of the Clean Power Plan. The good news is that the Clean Power Plan has prompted hundreds of public meetings, forums and discussions around the country on how to harness the benefits of an already emerging modern energy economy. As states continue their everyday work to ensure reliable, clean and safe energy for Americans, their planning can continue in the direction of compliance, as the electricity power sector continues to evolve.

"We at the Alliance to Save Energy will undoubtedly continue to support states' efforts to reap the benefits of energy efficiency as the fastest, easiest and most cost effective method of compliance. As the legal challenges are addressed in the coming months, states will not only move forward again with their planning, they will be reminded that they already have opportunities at hand to bring real benefits to consumers through energy efficiency."