October 28, 2016 National Governors Association

Opportunities for Energy Efficiency to Help States Reduce Costs and Achieve Co-Benefits Under the Clean Power Plan

Oct 28, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued state-specific reduction targets for carbon dioxide emissions under the Clean Power Plan (CPP)— established pursuant to the federal Clean Air Act to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases from existing power plants. Governors have an opportunity to lower the costs of meeting those targets and can achieve co-benefits by incorporating energy efficiency into their state compliance strategies and bolstering their efforts with complementary measures—such as broad energy efficiency standards or building codes—that fall outside the scope of CPP requirements. Opportunities for Energy Efficiency to Help States Reduce Costs and Achieve Co-Benefits Under the Clean Power Plan highlights CPP compliance strategies governors can consider during their planning efforts that incorporate low-cost efficiency options for their states.

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