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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 27, 2012
 
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BCSE Statement on the Release of Proposed New Source Performance Standards for Greenhouse Gas Emissions from New Fossil Fuel-Fired Electric Generating Units

WASHINGTON, DC -The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) issued the following statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson in reaction to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) release of Proposed New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions from New Fossil Fuel-Fired Electric Generating Units:

"In November 2010, the BCSE stated its support for the science underpinning EPA’s greenhouse gas Endangerment Finding. The BCSE is committed to advancing the solution technologies and policies that will help us reduce emissions and grow the economy.

“While the Council maintains that Congress should take the lead in comprehensively regulating greenhouse gas emissions, today’s Utility GHG NSPS proposal shows an approach that recognizes the critical role that energy efficiency will play in reducing emissions. After a quick initial review of EPA’s proposal, we note that the BCSE has long supported output-based standards like those contained in the Utility GHG NSPS. Such standards set emissions limits based on useful output instead of fuel consumption. This kind of approach effectively rewards investment in more efficient technologies.

“Over the coming weeks, we look forward to more thoroughly reviewing the Utility GHG NSPS proposal and working with our members to provide input to EPA.”

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