The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) today commended the inclusion of energy efficiency as a key provision in the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing electric power plants.
“While we are still examining the details of the proposed rule, NEMA is pleased that energy efficiency is a major part of our nation’s climate change strategy,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis.
The proposal gives states the flexibility to use credit investments for end-use energy efficiency in their compliance plans to achieve the rule’s GHG emission reduction target. This so-called “outside the fence” approach recognizes that technologies to reduce emissions are available for an entire electric system, not simply confined to power generation facilities.
Energy efficiency programs and technology investments are already widespread today and are a low-cost option for reducing emissions through decreased energy use. Every kilowatt of electricity not used is a kilowatt of electricity that does not need to be generated. Further, consumers save money by reducing their electricity demand through investments in highly energy-efficient equipment and/or demand management technologies.
By giving states the ability to use energy efficiency as a means of compliance, the proposed rule stands to increase demand for efficient electrical products that support good-paying jobs in the manufacturing sector.
NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Its 400-plus member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceed $100 billion annually.
Phallan K. Davis