Siemens: There's more than one way to meet new EPA Clean Power Plan targets

Wed, 2015-08-05 06:00 -- SCC Staff

With the U.S. Clean Power Plan now in full force, public officials will need a solid strategy for cutting greenhouse emissions by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030. According to the White House, the plan establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants.

Certainly curtailing emissions at the source and switching to cleaner energy generation – wind and solar power, for example – will be a big part of the solution.

But a blog from Council Associate Partner Siemens makes it clear that EPA Clean Power Plan rules allow states the flexibility to work with industry and their utilities to take approaches not directly related to the sources of power generation.

In addition to employing intelligent technologies to ensure that cleaner power sources will help them reduce emissions, states can also implement energy efficiency programs that focus on how much electricity consumers use.

The blog by Kevin Yates, Siemens Energy Management Division head, offers several insights officials should find useful, among them the observation that emissions reductions strategies should go beyond generation alone and focus on the entire energy chain, including transmission and distribution.

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