CCAP Comments on EPA’s Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, June 02 2014 @ 03:29 PM EDT
"President Obama’s correct when he says that the U.S. should lead by example on climate change. EPA’s regulatory guidance is exactly the kind of leadership that will show the U.S. is serious about working towards an international climate solution and will encourage our partners around the world to do the same. This proposed rule will enhance our credibility as we engage with other developed and developing countries to foster a strong global effort that involves contributions from all the major emitters.
The good news is that EPA has put forward a flexible approach that will encourage greater efficiency in how we use electricity. The guidance also allows states to take advantage of other domestic clean energy sources like natural gas and renewables—not just end-of-pipe control measures. One option that shouldn’t be overlooked is combined heat and power (CHP)—a technology that can lower energy costs for industrial, commercial and institutional energy consumers. For manufacturers, lower costs mean increased competitiveness. And for labor, new investments in plants here at home signal increased job security.”
CCAP recently released a study that highlights the role that CHP can play in lowering compliance costs, particularly in industrial and coal regions of the U.S. The study can be found here: http://ccap.org/assets/CHP-Modeling-Factsheet-May-2014.pdf.
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Since 1985, the Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) has been a recognized world leader in climate and air quality policy and is the only independent, nonprofit think tank working exclusively on those issues at the local, U.S. national and international levels. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., CCAP helps policymakers around the world develop, promote and implement innovative, market-based solutions to major climate, air quality and energy problems that balance both environmental and economic interests.