Center for Energy and Environment Statement on the Clean Power Plan
Aug 3, 2015
The EPA's Clean Power Plan marks a critical next step in U.S. climate action. As it has always done, Minnesota will continue to do what is right for our state and lead by example. As a result, compliance with the new rule will be largely business as usual for Minnesota.
“We have already demonstrated that renewable energy and energy efficiency can achieve significant carbon emissions at low costs,” said Sheldon Strom, president and founder of the Center for Energy and Environment (CEE). “At the same time, Minnesota’s clean energy policies have helped build new companies and grow well-paying jobs in Minnesota, attracting substantial private investment to the state.”
“The Clean Power Plan provides a powerful opportunity to continue the clean energy progress we've been making in Minnesota, cost-effectively and reliably,” said Mike Bull, CEE’s director of policy and communications. “The CPP builds on our state's bedrock of successful policies, providing important opportunities to continue creating good jobs and accelerating the clean energy economy here at home and around the country. The CPP also provides a great opportunity for Minnesota and the Midwest to deliver clean energy to the rest of the country, capturing economic benefits here at home.”
The next big question is how will Minnesota most effectively implement the plan, recognizing and leveraging our state's leadership reducing greenhouse gases and other harmful emissions from power plants?
“With a focus on both the generation and use of electricity, the Clean Power Plan allows compliance in the most cost-effective and business-friendly ways, building on a foundation of energy efficiency — the lowest cost energy resource,” said Strom. “CEE is committed to working with regulators and stakeholders to ensure we develop a least-cost plan that promises effective implementation.”
“Earlier this year, CEE and our allies helped secure Minnesota's pathway for strong state compliance,” said Bull. “With the CPP now in hand, we look forward to working with our environmental partners, utilities, and the business community to continue improving how Minnesota produces and uses energy, with a keen eye on ensuring our ongoing economic competitiveness.”
“However, to the extent the CPP lacks a mechanism to credit Minnesota for early and aggressive actions taken through the years — actions paid for by utility customers — it would be a missed opportunity,” Bull continued. “CPP credit for these early initiatives would be helpful as we look for broad cross-sector buy-in on future clean energy policies.”
The Center for Energy and Environment is a Minnesota nonprofit that promotes energy efficiency to strengthen the economy while improving the environment. In over 35 years, CEE has served more than 65,000 homes and 12,000 businesses, providing a range of practical, cost-effective programs to help homeowners, businesses, nonprofits, and governments reduce energy waste and save money. www.mncee.org