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August 3, 2015

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Pennsylvania Business & Energy Leaders’ Applaud Release of Final EPA Clean Power Plan
Clean Energy Industries Praise Historic Action, Focus on Readily Available Technology Solutions

HARRISBURG, PA - The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released the following statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson regarding the release of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final Clean Power Plan regulating carbon emissions from existing power plants:

"Today marks a significant milestone on the path to cleaner, more efficient sources of power generation in America using affordable, readily-available technologies. In Pennsylvania, the availability of low-cost, abundant natural gas has combined with decreases in coal-fired power generation and continued achievement of state energy policy goals to put the state in a good position to comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

“According to a study by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, while coal and nuclear make up the majority of the state’s electricity generation, expansion of renewable energy and additional opportunities in energy efficiency, along with the flexibility to develop its own pollution reduction plan, put Pennsylvania well on the path to reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“The Clean Power Plan also offers a great opportunity for constructive partnership and dialogue between state policy-makers and the private sector, with clear opportunities to explore state-specific or multi-state options for compliance. The Business Council for Sustainable Energy and its members are committed to helping the Commonwealth adapt clean energy solutions to its unique circumstances.”

“Pennsylvania is a leader when it comes to policies that expand renewable energy, and there are major opportunities for further growth,” said Frazier Blaylock, Director of Government Relations at Covanta Energy, a member of the Business Council for Sustainable Energy. “Pennsylvania is the largest waste-importing state in the nation, and the waste-to-energy sector is ready to turn that waste into affordable and sustainable power. Doing so will create jobs and help the state meet its EPA targets at the same time.”

Please see the full Bloomberg New Energy Finance Pennsylvania Energy Factsheet for more details.