FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 27, 2016
Contact: Laura Tierney
BCSE Statement on DC Circuit Court Hearing on the EPA’s Clean Power Plan
Washington, DC - The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released the following statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson in light of the oral arguments scheduled to take place at the DC Circuit Court today on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan:
“As the courts examine the legality of the Clean Power Plan, the US energy sector will continue its march towards a clean energy future. In 2015, $56 billion was invested in clean energy in the United States, the second highest level in the world.
The technology solutions needed for Clean Power Plan compliance – energy efficiency, natural gas, and renewable energy – are available today, and with the Clean Power Plan the market share of these sustainable energy sources will continue to increase and add to the American economy.”
“As noted in the recently released 2016 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, the move towards cleaner, more sustainable forms of energy is pushing forward in an affordable and reliable manner:
- Investment in energy efficiency continues to pay dividends for the US economy. American energy productivity increased by 13% from 2007 to 2015.
- 2015 was a record year for natural gas production, consumption, flows to power generation, and volumes into storage - demonstrating a robust and flexible system that is serving more customers than ever.
- Renewable energy is a prominent part (20%) of the US 2015 power fleet, with 222GW of installed capacity across the country, a 57% increase over 2008 levels, resulting in a diverse electricity portfolio that is reliable and reduces emissions and costs.
- The increases in recent years of renewable energy production and coal retirements have not triggered a leap in retail power prices. Average retail electricity rates across the country remain 5.8% below the recent peak in 2008.
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