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Easiest Carbon Reduction for Arizona? Energy Efficiency

PHOTO: Higher energy-efficiency standards for major appliances, along with other efficiency policies, could help Arizona meet EPA carbon reduction standards, according to a new report. Photo credit: Federal Trade Commission.
PHOTO: Higher energy-efficiency standards for major appliances, along with other efficiency policies, could help Arizona meet EPA carbon reduction standards, according to a new report. Photo credit: Federal Trade Commission.
June 2, 2014

PHOENIX – The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release new regulations this week to reduce carbon pollution from existing coal-fired power plants.

There have been warnings that costs will be passed along to consumers in Arizona, but a study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy shows that efficiency could meet carbon reduction targets.

"In Arizona, the adoption of these solutions would result in 23,300 new jobs and an increase in gross state product of $1.1 billion,” says the report’s author, Sara Hayes. “This approach saves ratepayers $1.6 billion."

The report says the numbers would be achieved by 2030, under a scenario of cutting carbon by 26 percent below 2012 levels.

Hayes says efficiency may be the easiest way for states to meet the EPA carbon reduction plan.

Efficiency policies include state energy savings targets, updating building codes, constructing combined heat and power facilities and adopting standards for major appliances.

"Energy efficiency is the ultimate resource,” Hayes maintains. “It's clean, reliable and cheap.

“The Environmental Protection Agency has the opportunity to improve air quality and our economy, in one fell swoop."

She adds that energy-efficient technologies in the EPA plan have already been tried and tested, and many states have already adopted them in some form.


Troy Wilde, Public News Service - AZ