FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 9, 2016
Contact: Laura Tierney
BCSE Statement on Senate EPW Hearing on the Implications of the Supreme Court Stay on the Clean Power Plan
Continued Leadership on Clean Energy Will Bring Jobs and Economic Benefit to States
Washington, DC - The Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE) released the following statement from BCSE President Lisa Jacobson on the impact of the Supreme Court Stay of the Clean Power Plan on state energy planning. The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee will hold a hearing on this topic today.
“While the Supreme Court stay has changed state planning processes and timelines, the Council continues to discuss Clean Power Plan compliance options and state plan design issues with state policymakers. The states are concerned about how to meet the goals of the final Clean Power Plan in a cost-effective manner that will ensure affordable and reliable clean energy for households and businesses.
“The final Clean Power Plan provides states with flexibility. It allows states to meet their emission reduction targets with a broad portfolio of affordable and reliable technologies, including an array of energy efficiency, natural gas and renewable energy solutions.
“The objectives of the Clean Power Plan build on what is already happening in the marketplace, where we are witnessing a clean energy transformation. As shown by the findings of the 2016 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook, 2015 was a watershed year: US power sector carbon emissions fell to their lowest annual level since the mid-1990s. The net impact on consumers was negligible to positive, as prices for electricity and fuel remained low by historic standards and customer choices expanded. The Factbook importantly notes that many of the key changes seen in 2015 are likely permanent shifts, rather than temporary adjustments due to one-time events.
“State policymakers are on the front lines of the changes in the power sector and they want to create policy frameworks that meet their energy and economic development needs. The Clean Power Plan brings together both energy and environmental objectives and has started important conversations that have not diminished in light of the Supreme Court stay.”
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