Statement of IMT Director Cliff Majersik on EPA Rule on Carbon Pollution
“Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a new standard to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s existing power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, using strategies that include demand-side energy efficiency. IMT welcomes the agency’s rule and urges states and utilities to support it.
“Energy efficiency is America’s cheapest, cleanest energy resource, and the best tool at our disposal to reduce pollution. As President Obama and the EPA recognize, there is great untapped potential in America’s buildings to save money, create jobs, and improve the economy by reducing energy waste. Making homes and businesses more energy efficient creates good jobs, which by their nature cannot be offshored, and the money saved is injected back into local economies.
“Building energy codes and benchmarking buildings’ energy use are two of the most effective, and cost-effective, mechanisms to increase energy efficiency, and IMT is pleased to see that the rule provides states the flexibility to include benchmarking and energy codes in their implementation plans.
“Energy efficiency policies and technologies are already proven and are deployable now. The new EPA rule can significantly reduce the carbon emissions that contribute to climate change while boosting our economy, creating jobs, and securing the freedom for states to manage their own energy portfolios.”
–Cliff Majersik, Executive Director, Institute for Market Transformation (IMT)
ABOUT IMT: The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting energy efficiency, green building, and environmental protection in the United States and abroad. Much of IMT’s work addresses market failures that inhibit investment in energy efficiency. For more information, visit imt.org.