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December 16, 2013
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BCSE Statement to States and EPA on Approaches to Reducing
Carbon Pollution from Existing Power Plants

Washington, DC ─ The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) has provided comments to federal and state regulators describing ways in which energy efficiency, renewable energy and natural gas can help utilities comply with pending regulations to reduce carbon pollution from new and existing power plants.

The Council's comments were released in letters to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) and the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) related to EPA’s Guidelines to the states for regulation of carbon emissions from existing source power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. Upon release of the letters Council President Lisa Jacobson made the following statement:

"The Council believes that supply-side and demand-side energy efficiency, the full set of renewable energy options, and natural gas and propane must be made eligible as compliance options under the 111(d) guidelines to states.

"The use of these technologies will cost-effectively reduce emissions from new and existing power plants. In addition, the increased deployment of energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy technologies will help diversify and strengthen our energy system as well as grow the economy and create jobs.

"To achieve this, EPA should adopt a system-wide approach for compliance in its guidelines to states. A system-wide approach will enable clean energy activities that occur outside of a regulated power plant to be able to be considered as compliance measures. A system-wide approach also allows more opportunity for flexibility and market-based mechanisms to assist with compliance, lowering costs and encouraging proactive customers to engage in this marketplace."

The Business Council for Sustainable Energy 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. Established in 1992, the Council advocates for policies that expand the use of commercially-available clean energy technologies, products and services. Please note that as a diverse business coalition, not all members take positions or endorse the recommendations expressed in the letters submitted to EPA and states on the existing source carbon regulations.

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