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June 25, 2012

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BCSE Comments on Proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants Focuses on Energy Efficiency andCHP/Waste Heat Recovery as Compliance Options

Washington, DC -- The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) submitted comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today on the Proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants. The Council released the following statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson:

"Energy efficiency, renewable energy, and natural gas will be able to help our nation reduce emissions, grow the economy, create jobs and strengthen our energy system -- in addition to being cost-effective compliance options.

"In evaluating EPA's proposal, the Council applauds the Agency for adopting an output-based approach, whereby the emissions limit is set based on units of pollution relative to the useful output of both heat and electricity.

"Building on this recognition of energy efficiency, EPA has an opportunity in the carbon pollution standard to encourage clean and efficient combined heat and power (CHP) and waste heat recovery and should provide 100 percent credit to account for all of the useful thermal output from a combined heat and power or waste heat recover system."

Over the past two years, there have been discussions on how EPA might guide the states in regulating existing sources through this NSPS. Through its comments, BCSE urges EPA to keep this in mind in finalizing the Carbon Pollution Standard for new sources and devising the federal guidelines that states must follow in their plans to cover existing power plants, under section 111(d).  

Jacobson noted, "The Council supports an approach that allows states and tribes to show achievement of equivalence with prospective federal Clean Air Act Section 111(d) requirements through their own and cooperative regional climate, clean energy, and energy efficiency programs and policies. To that end, EPA should establish the minimum stringency states must meet but allow states the flexibility to achieve greater reductions."

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) is a coalition of companies and trade associations from the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors, and also includes independent electric power producers, investor-owned utilities, public power and commercial end-users. Celebrating 20 years of representing clean energy industry interests, the Council advocates for policies that expand the use of commercially-available clean energy technologies, products and services. The coalition's diverse business membership is united around the revitalization of the economy and the creation of a secure and reliable energy future for America.