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Clean Power Plan


Published: 06/03/2014

by The Alliance to Save Energy



EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy opened a new era of enormous opportunity for energy efficiency this morning when she signed the Clean Power Plan. With the stroke of a pen -- but coming on the heels of months of listening tours, meetings and public comment, including by the Alliance --  the highly anticipated 111(d) proposal to reduce existing power plant carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 30% nationwide by 2030 is now public.  

The Alliance has been deeply engaged for months in work supporting energy efficiency as a compliance strategy under this rule, and played a key role in working with Associates and sister NGOs to help three major state government associations come together to endorse "Principles for Including Energy Efficiency in 111(d) of the Clean Air Act."

Importantly, EPA and the Administration heard us and responded by crafting a proposal that allows energy efficiency to serve as a primary tool for emissions reduction and grants states the flexibility to "get the most" from this abundant, clean national resource. Read our press release and blog post.  

Today's announcement continues the Administration's commitment to implementation of the Alliance to Save Energy's Energy 2030 goal and policy recommendations. In addition to embracing the goal of doubling energy productivity and creating an energy efficiency "Race to the Top" style program for states, the Administration today is responding to the Alliance's call to "Use energy efficiency as an emissions reduction strategy in environmental regulations." And, the use of energy efficiency by states for meeting 111(d) objectives could have very large and beneficial jobs and economic impacts. 

Utility programs, performance contracting, codes and standards, and fiscal incentives are among the tools available to states that are addressed in Energy 2030 recommendations and may be applicable to 111(d). With the new Clean Power Plan, the prospects of doubling U.S. energy productivity have risen tremendously. And, as our studies show, the benefits to our country go far beyond the reduction of CO2 -- doubling U.S. energy productivity by 2030 could create 1.3 million jobs and pump $325 billion back into the economy.

We are analyzing the rule and invite you to participate in our joint webinar with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy and Van Ness Feldman, "EPA's New Proposed GHG Rule: Role for Energy Efficiency," which will take place on Monday, June 9th from 3:00-4:00pm EDT. To learn more register here.

Kateri Callahan
Alliance to Save Energy

Full text of the Clean Power Plan Proposed Rule as well as all EPA fact sheets are available on the EPA website (PDFs are linked below):



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