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12/05/13

EPA Should Count Energy Efficiency Toward Standards for Existing Power Plants

Energy efficiency organizations working in 42 states are calling on the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to give credit to energy efficiency gains in its forthcoming cabron emissions standards for existing power plants.

The Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP), the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), and the South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER) jointly released a report asking the EPA to allow states to fully take advantage of energy efficiency, pointing out that efficnecy is the single most cost-effective solution for reducing power plant emissions. 

From SWEEP's press release on the report:

“The EPA should encourage states to pursue cost-effective energy efficiency initiatives to the maximum degree possible within their state plans and provide the flexibility to achieve compliance at the utility, state or multi-state levels,” said SWEEP Executive Director Howard Geller, lead author of the report. “Not only will this approach help states and utilities meet carbon emission reduction targets, it will help households and businesses save money on energy costs.”

The report, Incentivizing and Providing Appropriate Credit for Energy Efficiency Improvement in Forthcoming CO2 Emissions Standards for Existing Power Plants, was issued jointly by the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP), the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP), the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance (SEEA), and the South-Central Partnership for Energy Efficiency as a Resource (SPEER).

EPA is expected to issue proposed carbon emissions standards for existing power plants by June 1, 2014 and final standards by June 1, 2015. States will then have 13 months to develop plans to comply with the standards. 

 

The full report, Incentivizing and Providing Appropriate Credit for Energy Efficiency Improvement in Forthcoming CO2 Emissions Standards for Existing Power Plants, can be viewed on  SWEEP's website