Working Toward Clean Power Plan Is Good For PA

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We agree with The Express-Times in its praise for Pennsylvania’s progress toward compliance with EPA’s Clean Power Plan despite the Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily pause the rule (“Supreme Court Turns back the clean air clock,” Feb. 14).
This preparation sets the state up for future compliance while also putting Pennsylvania on a path towards an electricity system that is secure, clean and affordable. In fact, implementing the Clean Power Plan can provide savings for ratepayers compared to projected energy costs in 2030.

The state has already made strong progress. Act 129, which the Legislature wisely passed in 2008, and state regulators recently extended, has promoted energy efficiency programs that have resulted in a net benefit of over $4 billion in energy savings for Pennsylvanians. What’s more, we are growing an advanced energy economy now employing 57,000 people at more than 4,200 companies in the state.

As Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Quigley has said, “What the Clean Power Plan is calling for is really good business.”
He’s right, and we applaud Gov. Tom Wolf and Quigley for their leadership on this issue.
Matt Elliott
Interim Executive Director
Keystone Energy Efficiency Alliance
KEEA Energy Education Fund

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