Proposed EPA and State Regulations to Mandate Sharp Reduction in Carbon Pollution into Atmosphere

  1. 60% of U.S. carbon pollution is caused by generation of electric power.
  2. Proposed EPA target is a 30% reduction from this source by 2030 compared to 2005 baseline.
  3. Utilities must adopt aggressive strategies to meet the target. (Actually, as of 2014, the industry has already achieved 50% of this goal.) [1]
  4. Renewable energy sources will be required, to decrease carbon pollution, to decrease the cost of compliance, while also meeting increasing demand for power.
  5. In response to EPA’s requirement for substantially improved fuel efficiency for cars and trucks, the industry has achieved an 85% improvement – from 13.0 mpg in 1975 to 24.1 mpg in 2013. This came as the result of automakers’ rapid adoption of new technologies, such as turbochargers, direct injection engines, and advanced transmissions. [2]
  6. Similarly, the electric power industry is already demonstrating that innovation and use of renewable power sources produces significant reduction in carbon pollution and power cost.

 

Notes:

[1] The Energy Collective, “New EPA Carbon Standards Compliance Strategies” Sept 3, 2014.

[2] EPA, “Light-Duty Automotive Technology, Carbon Dioxide Emissions, and Fuel Economy Trends: 1975-2014” Oct. 2014