Alliance Applauds EPA’s Reliance on Energy Efficiency as Most Cost-Effective Way for Industry to Meet New GHG Guidelines | Alliance to Save Energy

Alliance Applauds EPA’s Reliance on Energy Efficiency as Most Cost-Effective Way for Industry to Meet New GHG Guidelines

Release Date: Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Washington, D.C., November 10, 2010 – The Alliance to Save Energy today commended the Environmental Protection Agency for emphasizing the importance of energy efficiency in EPA’s just released guidance for large industrial plants in meeting greenhouse gas (GHG) requirements.

“EPA’s emphasis on energy efficiency highlights its importance as the most cost-effective means to manage greenhouse gas emissions and reduce global warming,” commented Alliance President Kateri Callahan.

EPA developed the guidelines, “PSD and Title V Permitting Guidance For Greenhouse Gases,” to help industry and state and federal permit writers to incorporate new greenhouse gas (GHG) emission requirements into applicable permits under the Clean Air Act.

Callahan added, “Energy efficiency technologies and techniques also help reduce other emissions and their environmental impacts while saving on energy costs and improving productivity.” This is acknowledged in EPA’s guidance, which recommends that energy efficiency should be considered in Best Available Control Technology (BACT) determinations for all pertinent pollutants, not only GHGs.

The guidelines do not specify particular control types or emission levels or impose one-size-fits-all solutions. Instead they provide a process for permit writers to determine the best way to reduce emissions from large new and modified GHG emission stationary sources, such as industrial and power plants. The guidance provides several specific examples of how analyses of technically and economically feasible emissions control options can lead to the incorporation of energy efficiency measures, such as the use of heat recovery and combustion control techniques to improve natural gas boiler efficiency.

The Alliance looks forward to working with EPA, state and local agencies, industry and nongovernmental organizations to further identify and advance cost-effective, beneficial energy efficiency options for helping to meet environmental requirements.