The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently released the
Clean Power Plan – a set of carbon pollution standards under the Clean Air Act that aim to significantly reduce carbon emissions from fossil fuel power plants. The proposed rule calls on states to implement creative tools for decreasing their emissions. It points to energy efficiency as an effective strategy for reducing fossil fuel use, creating jobs, and improving local economies.
The benefits of this strategy have been demonstrated by
Efficiency Vermont, the VEIC-administered energy efficiency utility. Efficiency Vermont is cited directly in the proposal as a model for how energy efficiency could be used as an approach for compliance with the proposed rule.
Efficiency Vermont has delivered significant energy and economic benefits to Vermonters. Its work in 2013 alone resulted in net economic benefits of over $60 million for Vermont families and businesses.
George Twigg, VEIC’s Director of Public Affairs, discussing the EPA’s proposal with the Burlington Free Press, noted that "efficiency, from the cost perspective, is a really attractive option — one that creates jobs."
VEIC’s work through Efficiency Vermont and other initiatives has demonstrated the benefits of investing in clean energy. The Clean Power Plan represents a new, exciting opportunity for job growth and economic development on a national scale.
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