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BCSE In Action

August 3, 2015

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

RICHMOND, VA - 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 Virginia, the availability of low-cost, abundant natural gas has combined with decreases in coal-fired power generation, changing consumer behavior and smart public policies, to put the state in a good position to comply with the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

“And while renewables account for just a small fraction of Virginia’s power mix today, a study commissioned by the BCSE and written by Bloomberg New Energy Finance found that the state has several renewable technologies that compare favorably with alternative energy sources from a cost perspective.

“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.”

“The country is at a crossroads when it comes to energy, and Virginia is ready to head in the right direction,” said Paul Bertram, Director of Environment, Sustainability and Government Affairs for Kingspan Insulated Panels. “Consumers across the state are already saving money thanks to Virginia’s strong, smart energy efficiency policies. We are confident that energy efficiency can and should play a central role in helping the state meet its Clean Power Plan targets, saving consumers even more money while helping to create jobs across the state.” Kingspan provides high efficiency building materials to an array of commercial businesses in Virginia.

“Virginia can be a leader when it comes to policies that expand renewable energy,” said Frazier Blaylock, Director of Government Relations at Covanta Energy. Given that Virginia is one of the three largest waste-importing states in the nation there is considerable room for growth in the waste-to-energy sector. 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 Virginia Energy Factsheet at: http://bit.ly/1y8BX6p

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