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RNP Press Release
December 1, 2014

Renewable Northwest Supports EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Renewable Northwest applauds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for acting to regulate carbon pollution from existing power plants under Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, through its proposed Clean Power Plan. We strongly support EPA adopting new regulations in a strengthened final form by June 1, 2015.

Power plants are the nation’s largest source of carbon pollution. Significant policy changes from federal and state regulators must be adopted to keep electric sector carbon emissions from continuing to be a major contributor to catastrophic climate change. EPA’s Clean Power Plan is an important step in the right direction, ending the era in which the federal government has failed to place any limits on carbon pollution from the nation’s electric sector.

Renewable energy, along with energy efficiency, has already led to significant carbon emission reductions from fossil fuel generators. Our experience demonstrates that renewable energy, along with energy efficiency, can be the foundation for the clean, reliable, and affordable electricity system of the future. 

We recommend that EPA make its final rule stronger. EPA can do more to set and enable states to work efficiently to meet strong carbon goals using renewable energy. We support the comments of many national, regional, and state allies working to promote clean energy.

Here are the six main recommendations to EPA we submitted in our comments:

(1) Adopt, but with significant improvements to renewable energy costs and performance, the Alternative Building Block 3 approach as refined in the Notice of Data Availability (NODA).

(2) Maintain strong 2020 interim targets, but allow new renewable energy and energy efficiency actions taken after January 1, 2017, to be banked for 2020 compliance.

(3) Define a specific crediting approach for out-of-state renewable energy to avoid double-counting and damaging existing markets and contracts.

(4) Encourage states to consider diverse types of multi-state compliance structures, so long as equivalent emissions reductions are achieved.

(5) Factor likely shifts from existing higher-emitting generators to new gas generation into targets and compliance.

(6) Make clear that the 111(d) targets will be reviewed and strengthened regularly—no less frequently than every eight years.

Adopting these recommendations will help to produce a final rule that accurately reflects the full potential of the electric system to achieve significant emissions reductions at the lowest system cost.

To read our full comments to EPA, click here.

For more information contact:

Amy Baird, Communications Manager

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