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Efficiency First Applauds the Inclusion of Energy Efficiency in EPA's Clean Power Plan rule

by Coby Rudolph

Efficiency First, America’s building performance trade association, applauded the EPA’s focus on energy efficiency in the final version of its “Clean Power Plan” rules regulating greenhouse gas emissions from existing coal power plants.

America’s homes account for 22% of all U.S. energy consumption, and improving the energy performance of homes and buildings is a critical component of any initiative aimed at lowering greenhouse gas and other emissions. Across the country, home performance professionals are using building science-based analysis to improve the performance of our homes, making them more livable for customers, providing a valuable resource to utilities and ratepayers, and lowering pollution including greenhouse gas emissions.

“We’re glad to see EPA recognize that energy efficiency can be one of the most effective ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Coby Rudolph of Efficiency First. “Energy efficiency projects result in better homes and buildings for customers, lower utility bills for ratepayers and cleaner air in our communities. The work that home performance professionals do brings benefits to their customers and to all of us. We look forward to engaging with states to put in place policies and initiatives that result in more building performance projects, and less pollution, all over the country."

Regarding energy efficiency being dropped as a building block for states' emissions reductions requirements: We believe that it was appropriate for energy efficiency to be considered a building block as originally proposed.

That said, what is important is that energy efficiency is an eligible compliance tool that states can use to meet their targets - and we are glad EPA has stressed energy efficiency as an important compliance tool in its final rule. Every state compliance plan should include strong energy efficiency components, including initiatives aimed at the residential building performance sector.

Regarding the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP): We commend EPA for including initiatives designed to incentive energy efficiency in the early years of the CPP. Efficiency First looks forward to learning more about the proposed CEIP and providing feedback on its specifics. Efforts to incentivize energy efficiency early on in the CPP years should include initiatives that help the building performance industry, including the residential building sector, scale overall.  

Efficiency First will be conducting further analysis of the final rule and its potential impact on the building performance industry.

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About Efficiency First

As the national trade association for the home performance industry, Efficiency First supports home performance companies by providing an impactful voice in Washington, access to new educational and networking opportunities, and discounts on products and services. With state and local chapters across the country, we work with companies to bring America’s homes —and our economy—into the future. Together, we advocate for policies that accelerate the growth of the industry, creating huge opportunities for companies and delivering meaningful energy benefits to homeowners.

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