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May 24, 2012

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BCSE Speaks at EPA Public Hearing on Proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants

Washington, DC -- The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released the following statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson in advance of the Council's comments today at a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Public Hearing on a Proposed Carbon Pollution Standard for New Power Plants.

"America’s natural gas, energy efficiency, and renewable energy industries have made incredible strides over the 20 years the BCSE has been active and these sectors are ready today to continue contributing to our nation’s economic growth and the fight against climate change.

"BCSE supports the science underpinning the greenhouse gas endangerment finding and EPA’s continued use of section 111 of the Clean Air Act to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. That said, we believe the optimal policy for regulating greenhouse gas emissions is for Congress to enact a comprehensive market-based program that allows for flexibility and cost-effective emissions reductions, including carbon offsets.

"In evaluating EPA’s proposal, we applaud the Agency for adopting an output-based approach. The best way to limit emissions and to drive technological innovation is to ask facilities to produce more useful output per unit of pollution.

"Building on this positive step for energy efficiency, EPA has an opportunity in the carbon pollution standard to encourage clean and efficient combined heat and power and waste heat recovery. Today at the EPA Public Hearing on this proposed standard in Chicago, BCSE Board member Recycled Energy Development is speaking on these exact issues and we urge you to take its recommendations into consideration.

"Further, we urge the EPA in setting power plant standards to be as mindful as possible of potential implications for future existing source standards, including allowing flexible mechanisms that recognize and encourage state, tribal and regional clean energy and climate policy leadership."

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.  For more information, please visit BCSE on the web at www.BCSE.org.