SHARE

Clean Power Plan Marks Positive Shift for Energy Efficiency Industry

Posted by Stephanie Rex on August 04, 2015
Clean Power Plan Marks Positive Shift for Energy Efficiency Industry President Barack Obama has called this "the biggest, most important step we have ever taken" in tackling climate change.

Yesterday, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy released the final Clean Power Plan, which establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants. According to a White House press release, the final Clean Power Plan sets flexible standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030, which is 9% more ambitious than the original proposal. The plan also allows states additional time to submit their final plans—two additional years and a compliance averaging period beginning in 2022 rather than 2020.

“The Clean Power Plan is a positive step for the energy efficiency industry,” said Home Performance Coalition President and CEO Brian Castelli. “This allows states to craft their plans to best fit their own specific circumstances, opening the door to further impact and success.” The plan specifies that energy efficiency is a key compliance mechanism that provides states with flexibility to design carbon reduction plans. The Clean Power Plan establishes a Clean Energy Incentive Program, which will be proposed today and allows for renewable energy and low-income energy efficiency to earn additional credits, as an incentive for states to include these measures in their compliance plans.  

In this proposed program, low-income energy efficiency measures in particular are noted as a strategy, qualifying for two credits for meeting carbon reductions, whereas implementing renewable energy will qualify for a one-to-one credit. These credits will only be eligible in low-income communities, and thus, energy efficiency initiatives for hospitals, schools, and residences impacting low-income communities will qualify.  

“States should be encouraged to include low-income residential energy efficiency programs in their plans, as this is an opportunity to help those most vulnerable to reduce their energy expenditures while helping reduce the country’s carbon emissions,” Castelli said.

The final Clean Power Plan takes into account 4 million comments that were submitted to the EPA during the public comment period, and sets state targets in a way that reflects this input from states, utilities, and stakeholders. The Home Performance Coalition is supportive of this approach and encouraged that the final Clean Power Plan reward states for early investment in clean energy, renewable energy, and energy efficiency, especially in low-income communities.  

 

Stephanie Rex is the Marketing and Communications Manager for the Home Performance Coalition.

For more information on the Home Performance Coalition, please visit www.homeperformance.org.

Comments
Add a new blog comment!

Enter your comments in the box below:

(Please note that all blog entries and comments are subject to review prior to posting.)

 

While we will do our best to monitor all comments and blog posts for accuracy and relevancy, Home Energy is not responsible for content posted by our readers or third parties. Home Energy reserves the right to edit or remove comments or blog posts that do not meet our community guidelines.

Recent Blogs
Clean Power Plan Marks Positive Shift for Energy Efficiency Industry

Clean Power Plan Marks Positive Shift for Energy Efficiency Industry

Stephanie Rex

Yesterday, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy released the final Clean Power Plan, which establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants. According to a White House press release, the final Clean Power Plan sets flexible standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030, which is 9% more ambitious than the original proposal. The plan also allows states additional time to submit their final ... [continue reading]

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

Erik Norwood

Huge changes are happening across a variety of industries that will significantly change the way we live. These include the advent of the “smarthome” with the ability to remotely control devices, the rise in popularity of electric vehicles, and the evolution of the solar industry moving past parity with buying energy from the grid. Each of these changes will significantly change our lives as well as how we interact with energy and all ... [continue reading]

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Mariel Wolfson

While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with Peter Pfeiffer, founding principal at Barley Pfeiffer Architecture in Austin, Texas. Pfeiffer recently used a tiny house as the basis of an educational project for students in a construction class at Austin Community College. The goal of the project was to teach best practices in high performance building science, including energy-efficient residential construction, and building ... [continue reading]

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Carl Taylor

Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels while bathing in hot springs, it can still be unfamiliar to some people. That being said the idea of geothermal heating is not all too hard to comprehend – the Earth's core maintains a constant temperature year round and thus we can funnel that heat to warm our houses instead of a traditional furnace. [continue reading]

The Real Women of Home Performance: Maureen Mahle

The Real Women of Home Performance: Maureen Mahle

Macie Melendez

Maureen Mahle is an engineer and specialist in high performance homes. As the vice president and director of Steven Winter Associates’ Sustainable Housing Services, Mahle provides expert sustainable design, specification, and construction consulting for a variety of project types including community developments, private residences, mixed-use, and multifamily buildings. [continue reading]

Customer-Centric Load Reduction Programs

Customer-Centric Load Reduction Programs

Charlie Hewitt

As the summer heat sets in, residential air conditioning load delivers its annual punch to the power grid. Engaging customers in active energy management has long been an elusive goal of most utilities. Traditional utility messaging on conservation only goes so far in reducing peak load. Some consumers take these messages to heart, while others disregard them.  [continue reading]

Tiny House Competition

Tiny House Competition

Suzette Bienvenue

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has created a first-of-its-kind energy-efficient housing competition for college and university students. The Tiny House Competition—developed by SMUD’s Energy & Technology Center and Community Solar program—includes twelve student teams from throughout California. The teams will design and build their own tiny houses and bring them to Sacramento State next fall for the competition. The winners will receive trophies and monetary awards.   [continue reading]

In Memory of Rob deKieffer

In Memory of Rob deKieffer

Jim Gunshinan, on behalf of Courtney Moriarta

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou [continue reading]

The Real Women of Home Performance

The Real Women of Home Performance

Amy Beley

At the ACI National Conference this year, I was remiss that there was no official presence of Women in Home Performance. What I found encouraging was that people noticed and asked for more. So, with the gracious assistance of long time supporter Macie Melendez of Home Energy magazine, we’re back! Macie and I will be interviewing women in the industry in this blog series, The Real Women of Home Performance. ... [continue reading]

DOE's Building Science Education Efforts: A Request

DOE's Building Science Education Efforts: A Request

Stacy Hunt

In recent years, DOE has developed the DOE Guidelines for Building Science Education - a set of job-specific checklists intended to be used by partnering training organizations, universities and certification bodies to self–certify that their programs include these important aspects of building science in their curriculum.  Partners of DOE’s Guidelines for Building Science Education will be highlighted on related websites and potentially receive recognition from DOE for their ... [continue reading]

Earn BPI CEU credits
HEP
Home Performance with EnergyStar
Email Newsletter

Home Energy E-Newsletter

Sign up for our free monthly
E-Newsletter!

Harness the power of
HOME PERFORMANCE!

Get the Home Energy
e-newsletter

FREE!

SUBSCRIBE

NOW!