Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light trucks, first adopted in 1975 in the wake of the OPEC oil embargo, resulted in a doubling of average new vehicle fuel economy a decade later. Following that period of rapid advance were two decades of stagnant fuel economy standards.
There is a concern that any new environmental regulation can hurt the bottom lines of energy-intensive manufacturers. In the case of the EPA Clean Power Plan, states that comply with the rule by investing in energy efficiency will find the opposite is likely to be true: their businesses will be more productive and their economies will grow.
Working government is not an oxymoron: How savings from federal agency actions on energy efficiency could save us $2.6 trillion
“Washington, D.C.” has become a synonym for “dysfunction” in the last few years, prompting many who care about energy efficiency policy to turn their attention to states. But that view is due to a focus on Congress and on President Obama’s interactions with Congress, where the epithet is mostly deserved. If you look beyond the white marble dome to the federal agencies, there is lots of action on energy efficiency.
EPA’s Clean Power Plan outlines four building blocks, each of which represent a category of measures that states can use to meet the first-ever federal regulation for reducing carbon dioxide from existing power plants.
Data on manufacturers’ compliance with the first year (model year 2012) of greenhouse gas emissions standards for light duty vehicles is now available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The bottom line is that manufacturers as a whole have met the standards with a bit of room to spare.
Energy efficiency increases need to be a key strategy in achieving carbon emissions goals, according to joint comments submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the Alliance to Save Energy and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), in response to the agency's forthcoming new standards for existing power plants.
[no-glossary]In late September, the ether was all abuzz with news of EPA’s proposed New Source Performance Standards for regulating carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants. Since then, many attempts have been made to read the tea leaves in hopes of predicting what approach EPA will take to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants—the big fish in terms of potential pollution benefits (86% of U.S.
Last year, President Obama issued an Executive Order recognizing the importance of industrial energy efficiency and combined heat and power (CHP). Accelerating Investment in Industrial Energy, issued on August 30, 2012, calls for increased coordination of several federal agencies to promote the benefits of and help remove barriers to CHP deployment.