WASHINGTON, Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Edison Electric Institute (EEI) President Tom Kuhn issued the following statement today on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) final Clean Power Plan, which establishes guidelines for states to regulate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from existing fossil fuel-based electric generation units under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act.
"EPA's Clean Power Plan is the most comprehensive, far-reaching regulation ever promulgated by the federal government to impact the electric power sector and will significantly change electric utility operations well into the future.
"Throughout this rulemaking process, EEI raised a number of issues, and EPA seems to have responded to some of our key concerns. While we are still reviewing and analyzing the rule's specifics and the impact of the restructured interim goals, the final guidelines appear to contain a range of tools to maintain reliability and better reflect how the interconnected power system operates."
"We appreciate EPA's significant outreach over the past year. Given the length and complexity of this rule — and the many stakeholders it affects — challenges will remain. EEI and its member companies will continue to work with the states as they develop plans that meet their state energy needs.
"Today utilities are focused on the transition to a cleaner generating fleet. In 2014, utilities reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 15 percent below 2005 levels, and nearly one-third of U.S. power generation came from zero-emissions sources—nuclear and renewables. In addition, between 1990 and 2014, emissions of nitrogen oxides were cut by 74 percent and sulfur dioxide emissions were reduced by 80 percent, during a period when electricity use grew by 36 percent.
"Our industry also is making significant investments in renewables and in the grid infrastructure needed to deliver renewables to customers. In fact, utility-scale solar projects now amount to almost 60 percent of installed solar capacity, and the amount of electricity produced from wind doubled from 2010 to 2014. As always, EEI's member companies remain committed to providing reliable, affordable, and increasingly clean electricity to all Americans."
EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and directly employ more than 500,000 workers. EEI has 70 international electric companies as Affiliate Members, and 270 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.
SOURCE Edison Electric Institute