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June 2, 2014
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BCSE Member Quotes on Release of Proposed Carbon Standards for Existing Power Plants

Below are select quotes from clean energy business leaders from the renewable energy, energy efficiency & natural gas sectors in response to the proposed carbon standards for existing power plants released today by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Lisa Jacobson, President, Business Council for Sustainable Energy

"The Business Council for Sustainable Energy represents energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy businesses and associations. Our industries see the release of EPA's proposed carbon standards for existing power plants as a historic event. Making these standards work will require giving states flexibility to use the wide range of available technologies, from energy-saving upgrades to affordable natural gas and renewables. These technologies have never been cheaper or more widespread. Natural gas production and consumption hit an all time high in 2013, and 94 percent of all new electric power capacity built in the US since 1997 has come from natural gas or renewable energy. America's affordable, efficient and clean energy industries are confident that the US can meet the new regulations affordably and reliably, while creating new jobs."

Jared Blum, President, Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association

"EPA's proposed regulation can provide the "tipping point" in coalescing this country's already strong technical capacities to lower our carbon output. Our military, industrial, and scientific leaders have requested that our government provide an actionable path forward. The 111(d) proposal is one such path that deserves broad business support."

Kateri Callahan, President, Alliance to Save Energy

"Energy efficiency is our country's cheapest, cleanest, most abundant and most readily available energy resource. The Alliance to Save Energy will comb the proposal to identify opportunities for states to-individually and, if they so choose, jointly-use energy efficiency as a "first and best" compliance option. Building on and developing new energy efficiency policies and programs not only will save money, but also and importantly will boost state economies. By allowing and encouraging energy efficiency as a compliance mechanism, this rule has the potential to greatly advance the Nation's energy productivity and, thus, our country's overall competitiveness while simultaneously reducing emissions and strengthening energy reliability."

Bob Cleaves, President & CEO of Biomass Power Association

"Biomass Power Association commends the Obama Administration for its strong commitment to reducing carbon emissions from existing power plants. This is an exciting time for renewable energy, especially the biomass industry. The National Climate Assessment released by the White House in May noted the potential for bioenergy to displace up to 30% of the Nation's current U.S. petroleum consumption, while improving forest health. As a reliable baseload power source that generates electricity around the clock, biomass is practical and adaptable - an excellent alternative or accompaniment to fossil fuels. Support for biomass is also support for rural economies; many of the jobs generated by biomass facilities are in the heavily forested, sparsely populated areas that need jobs the most."

Tony Earley, Chairman, CEO and President of PG&E Corporation

"We appreciate EPA's open and transparent process, as well as its extensive outreach in developing this proposed rule. We are reviewing the proposed rule and will work closely with the state of California and EPA to ensure that the final rule aligns with California's Global Warming Solutions Act and the progress made to date toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions from California's electricity mix. Ultimately, PG&E wants to ensure the rule provides flexibility to recognize the unique circumstances and emissions profiles of power companies and individual states across the country, so that we and others in our industry can continue providing safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy to our customers."

Thad Hill, CEO, Calpine Corporation

“Calpine supports the EPA’s proposal because we believe it will ensure continued progress toward cleaner energy in a way that supports ongoing grid reliability while allowing market forces to work to deliver the lowest-cost solution for reducing GHG emissions. With our modern, flexible, efficient fleet, Calpine is ready to meet this challenge head on.”

Tom Kiernan, CEO, American Wind Energy Association

"Reducing carbon pollution through the deployment of wind energy can be done in a manner that keeps electricity affordable and reliable, creates jobs, and supports local economic development as evidenced by the 43 percent reduction in the cost of wind energy over the last four years, the tens of thousands of jobs supported by the wind industry throughout the country, and the 560 factories across 43 states churning out parts for wind turbines. The wind energy industry strongly supports moving forward with the process to develop the first ever rule from the EPA to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants."

Tom King, President, National Grid US

“I am strongly encouraged by EPA’s efforts to reduce CO2 emissions through sensible and practical regulation. The Obama Administration, through the good work of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy and her staff, has worked in a transparent manner to craft regulation that promotes environmental and human health through a host of clean energy options. Rather than picking winners, this proposed rule supports market-based solutions.”

Jessie J. Knight, Jr., Executive Vice President of External Affairs, Sempra Energy and Chairman of San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co.

“Sempra Energy supports the sensible regulation of carbon-dioxide emissions and actions that help develop a modernized energy grid that is both clean and reliable. Although we are still reviewing the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed emissions regulations for existing power plants we appreciate the inclusion of flexible compliance mechanisms that could recognize early actions by states like California that have already invested in pioneering greenhouse gas emissions-reduction programs. We look forward to continued engagement with the Environmental Protection Agency and other stakeholders as the final rules are developed.

“Sempra Energy’s low-carbon emissions strategy is the foundation of our approach to providing clean energy to more than 24 million U.S. consumers every day. Our ongoing investments in natural gas, renewable energy, energy efficiency and innovative technologies have allowed us to achieve a carbon-dioxide emissions rate that is 40-percent below the U.S. national average. Sempra Energy’s natural gas-fired power plants have been built with the best available emissions-control technology and we continue expanding our fleet of renewable wind and solar power projects domestically and internationally.”

Dave McCurdy, President and CEO, American Gas Association

"The American Gas Association believes it is critical that the rule design include a flexible approach for compliance and allow for the efficient and affordable applications of clean natural gas. Natural gas used directly in homes and businesses, and technologies such as combined heat and power, are key parts of a clean and secure energy portfolio for our nation. Natural gas delivers solutions for our economy and our environment and local natural gas utilities bring those benefits home."

Dave Myers, President, Johnson Controls Building Efficiency

“Energy efficiency represents one of the largest opportunities to reduce carbon emissions while creating jobs, reducing costs and increasing energy security. Johnson Controls is well established and prepared to support state energy efficiency policies and plans across the country with the technologies and commercial offerings we have available today.”

Arlen Orchard, General Manager and CEO, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

“The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has shown that it is possible to establish a portfolio of zero GHG energy resources and highly efficient natural gas power plants, along with investments in energy efficiency, to achieve reduced GHG emissions while also maintaining reliable and affordable electricity service for customers. It is clear that climate change is a pressing environmental threat requiring national action to reduce carbon emissions, and we owe it to future generations to ensure the health of the planet. Proposing and adopting flexible GHG regulations under Section 111(d)aligns with SMUD’s vision to empower our customers with solutions and options that increase energy efficiency, protect the environment, reduce the impacts of climate change, and lower the cost to serve our region.”

Rhone Resch, President & CEO, Solar Energy Industries Association

"For state regulators looking to meet the new EPA standards, solar can be a game-changer. Today, solar is the fastest-growing source of renewable energy in the United States, employing 143,000 Americans and accounting for nearly 30 percent of all new electric generation capacity installed in 2013 - second only to natural gas. All totaled, solar is now generating enough clean, reliable and affordable electricity to effectively power 3 million homes. We're doing our part to help fight climate change, but we can do a lot more in the future - and that's something we will be stressing to state regulators."