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BCSE In Action

November 19, 2014

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Statement on BCSE Comments to the EPA on Proposed Clean Power Plan
Clean Energy Industries Support System-Wide Approach to Compliance that Use a Portfolio of Readily-Available Options

Washington, DC - The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released the following statement from President Lisa Jacobson on the submission of the Council’s comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on the proposed Clean Power Plan.

"The BCSE is pleased to submit its comments to the US Environmental Protection Agency on the proposed Clean Power Plan and supports efforts to take meaningful steps to address climate change at the federal level.”

As data from the past several years has revealed, the mix of the US energy supply is changing rapidly, with low-carbon sources gaining market share. At the same time, energy consumption is down, despite overall economic growth. This demonstrates that the US can reduce greenhouse gas emissions without harming the US economy. The proposed Clean Power Plan recognizes these trends and seeks to build upon them.

BCSE provided comment on a wide range of design elements in the proposed Clean Power Plan, including cross-cutting issues as well as industry specific topics related to the areas of energy efficiency, renewable energy, and natural gas.

Specifically, BCSE appreciates the inclusion of the following design elements into the proposed Clean Power Plan:

  • A diverse portfolio of clean energy technologies that are available as compliance options;
  • Prior investments and established programs that have reduced emissions;
  • State flexibility in designing and implementing emission reductions, which is critical for cost-effective compliance;
  • EPA’s inclusion of both rate-based and mass-based approaches; and
  • EPA’s inclusion of the system-wide approach to compliance.

"The Council looks forward to continuing to work with policymakers at the state and federal levels as states begin to craft their compliance plans to reduce emissions.”

Please see the full set of comments here.

Download the full press release.