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BCSE In Action

June 2, 2014
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Statement on Release of Proposed Carbon Standards for Existing Power Plants

Clean Energy Industries Praise Historic Action and Focus on Readily Available Technology Solutions

Washington, DC - The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released the following statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson regarding the release of the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposed carbon standards for existing power plants.

"The Business Council for Sustainable Energy supports the release of the proposed standards to reduce carbon emissions from the power sector under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. This historic move shows that the United States is prepared to take meaningful steps to fight global climate change.

"Key to the successful implementation of the standard is flexibility in state compliance planning and the use of readily available clean energy resources and technologies in the energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy sectors as compliance options.

"A revolution is transforming how the US produces, delivers and consumes energy - driving us to an ever cleaner mix of fuels and energy sources. The mix of supply is changing rapidly, with low-carbon sources gaining market share. At the same time, energy consumption is down, despite overall economic growth. This means that implementing the new limits on carbon emissions will be easier than some have suggested and, at the same time, provide economic opportunity in terms of investment and job creation."

According to the Sustainable Energy in America Factbook from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, America's total annual energy consumption in 2013 was 5.0% below 2007 levels. This long-term trend was in part prompted by the economic downturn of 2008-2009, but as economic growth has returned, energy use is not growing at a commensurate rate, and today our economy is far more energy-efficient than before.

"Decisions made in corporate boardrooms, on Wall Street and on Main Streets across the United States to invest in the broad portfolio of clean energy options show that the business sector has never been better prepared to step up to the challenge of climate change than we are today. As we look forward, the diverse portfolio of clean energy options can meet the country's energy needs in an affordable and reliable manner, while creating jobs and lowering emissions.

"The Council looks forward to reviewing the proposed standards and sharing the views of clean energy industries with EPA and state policymakers."

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