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November 1, 2016

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BCSE Comments to EPA on Clean Energy Incentive Program Design Details
Recommendations for Establishing an Effective Program to Incentivize Early Emissions Reductions

Washington, DC - The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) submitted its comments on November 1 on the design details of the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), a program originally established in the Clean Power Plan. The Council's recommendations focus on strengthening the program's ability to incentivize states to implement carbon reducing technologies.

"The Council commends EPA for establishing the Clean Energy Incentive Program to encourage early reductions in carbon emissions prior to the Clean Power Plan compliance period," commented Council President Lisa Jacobson.

"BCSE is encouraged that EPA has continued to move forward with establishing design details for the program despite the Supreme Court stay of the Clean Power Plan. The Clean Energy Incentive Program is an integral part of the Clean Power Plan and, with the right implementation, will enable states to jumpstart their emissions reductions and remove barriers to renewable energy and energy efficiency deployment."

"The 2016 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook shows that 2015 was a watershed year in the evolution of U.S. energy. Importantly, emissions reductions occurred without major increases in power prices; average retail electricity rates across the country remain well below their 2008 peak. The Clean Energy Incentive Program builds on the positive steps the US is making towards a clean energy economy and gives states the tools they need to make progress towards future emissions reductions."

The Council's comments include recommendations to ensure that the program gives flexibility to the states while maintaining a robust incentive system. It urges that the full portfolio of available renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies be eligible to participate.

The Council looks forward to continued engagement with the Environmental Protection Agency on the Clean Energy Incentive Program and the Clean Power Plan.

Read the Council's full comments here.

Download the full press release here.