ACEEE tool compares options for power plant emissions reductions
Over the next decade, utilities will be subject to an increasing number of federal regulations imposing restrictions on the emissions of multiple pollutants from utilities' stationary power plants. To comply with these air and emissions regulations, utilities will need low-cost, quickly deployable emissions reduction measures.
Energy efficiency could prove to be the least-cost solution when compared to new generation. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) is offering a new tool that allows users to see the costs and air quality benefits of some basic energy efficiency policies and compare those options with other approaches to reducing air pollution.
In fact, energy efficiency reduces all the key pollutants that are generated by power plants and is a resource large enough to offset dozens of old coal-fired power plants, according to ACEEE.
"Energy efficiency is the low-cost energy resource that meets the needs of customers while reducing the pollution that comes from the power sector," Sara Hayes, ACEEE senior manager and researcher for Policy and Utilities, said in a blog. "While energy efficiency isn't flashy and may be a bit of a wallflower in the energy sector, its potential is startling."
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