EPA Advocates for EE in Light of New Emissions Rules

EPA’s McCarthy: Efficiency is key to power plant carbon rules

The Hill, June 12, 2014

The biggest reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and financial benefits from the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest rules for power plants will come from encouraging energy efficiency, Administrator Gina McCarthy said.

The regulations unveiled last week seek to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent from the electricity sector. Much of that comes through better use of low-carbon technologies and renewable energy, but being more efficient with electricity is critical, McCarthy said Thursday.

“Frankly, when we looked at it, what we really began to realize was the value of efficiency,” McCarthy said at the Energy Efficiency Forum, organized by the United States Energy Association and Johnson Controls.

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