The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) on Monday, Aug. 3, setting a national goal of 32 percent reduction in carbon pollution from the power sector by 2030 (relative to 2005 levels).
At CLEAResult, we believe the final CPP will transform the electric power system and properly recognize the true value of clean energy. We have been tracking the CPP and its parent legislation, Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, for two years, holding a panel at our annual Energy Forum and traveling to D.C. to present White House staff with data sets on the effectiveness and economic impacts of energy efficiency.
Despite the removal of the energy efficiency “building block,” the EPA expects energy efficiency to be a critical component to successful state implementation plans. The US. Department of Energy and the EPA are interested in scaling up energy efficiency and clean energy as important compliance tools. In fact, in the final plan includes a Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) designed to reward early investments that reduce end-use energy demand during 2020 and 2021. (State participation in the CEIP is optional.) A component of the CEIP includes efficiency programs focused on the low-income sector. At CLEAResult, we’ve been serving low-income programs for many years, and we’re excited by the potential to build on our existing low-income programs and implement new solutions, helping states take advantage of the CEIP.
The final plan is more than 1,500 pages long, and some of the details can be confusing. We’ve got a team of policy experts studying every sentence of it, and will support our clients, partners and policy makers to ensure we can realize the full power and impacts that energy efficiency can deliver across all sectors to reach final emission reduction targets. The deadline for states to submit initial compliance plans to the EPA is September 2016.
CLEAResult will help states meet targets and at the same time create economic development.
CLEAResult has been helping utilities across the U.S. meet energy efficiency goals since 2003. We have already established energy efficiency programs in 39 states that are reducing demand and saving customers money today.
Did you know:
- CLEAResult has saved over 9,100 gigawatts of power through our energy efficiency programs, equivalent to the energy produced by two average-sized coal fired power plants
- Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective fuel choice, and costs states about one-third as much as expanding supply.
- Most states realize up to five times the economic impact from their energy efficiency investment through job creation, retail sector spending, and state and local taxes.
Energy efficiency is a cost-effective, real solution here today as a material mechanism to achieve CPP standards, now and in the future.