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WASHINGTON (May 2, 2014) –The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement in response to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) outlining an array of energy efficiency strategies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Recommendations included the use of model building codes, combined heat and power systems, equipment efficiency standards and energy-savings targets.
"ACEEE's report affirms the importance of energy efficiency in reducing GHG emissions and the diversity of programs available as states develop their compliance plans around EPA's power plant standards. We commend the authors for including a portfolio of efficiency strategies, which gives states greater flexibility in developing State Implementation Plans (SIPs). If EPA issues guidance to states as to qualified programs, it should incorporate ACEEE's recommendations.
"We urge EPA to adopt a system-wide compliance approach that makes energy efficiency a leading option and gives states a choice of programs in designing their SIPs."