FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2019
Contact: Laura Tierney
BCSE Statement on Final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) Rule
Washington, DC – Yesterday, the Environmental Protection Agency released a final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. The rule replaces the Clean Power Plan and establishes heat rate improvements as the best system of emissions reduction (BSER) for carbon dioxide from coal-fired electric utility generating units (EGUs). In response, the Business Council for Sustainable Energy made the following comments:
“Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is critical and clean energy technologies have proven they can do so effectively and cost-efficiently. The Council is disappointed that the EPA’s Affordable Clean Energy rule does not fully incorporate the emission reductions achievable from deploying the broad range of clean energy technologies that are already decarbonizing the electricity sector. These include energy efficiency, energy storage, renewable energy technologies, natural gas, and carbon capture, storage and utilization applications. The rule has also limited the flexibility states have to choose the most cost-effective means of reducing emissions.
“The Council will continue to advocate for meaningful emissions reductions policies at the federal level and for the increased deployment of the wide range of clean energy technologies available to achieve these reductions, and looks forward to working collaboratively with the administration and Congress in doing so.”
Read the Council’s previous comments on the proposed rule here.