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Michigan Environmental Council applauds federal proposal to cut carbon pollution

Jun 2, 2014
June 2, 2014

Michigan Environmental Council welcomes the Environmental Protection Agency's action today to curb carbon emissions from power plants, the country's largest source of greenhouse gases.

The draft rule announced this morning would require a 30 percent reduction from 2005 levels in power-sector carbon emissions by 2030.

It also will help to reduce emissions of other harmful pollutants like soot and mercury, an important step for public health. Michigan's nine oldest power plants cost Michigan families $1.5 billion each year in healthcare costs.

The EPA rule gives states the flexibility to submit their own plans for cutting carbon emissions. Michigan's successful energy efficiency and renewable power programs position the state well to meet federal requirements, said MEC President Chris Kolb.

"Our utilities are on track to easily achieve the state's clean energy benchmarks, and the cost of doing so has been lower than almost anyone predicted," Kolb said. "The new federal standards provide an opportunity to spur further job growth in the energy efficiency and renewable industries and leave our children and grandchildren a Michigan with cleaner air and water."

Recent state reports show that renewable power is 26 percent cheaper than comparable coal-fired electricity, while Michigan customers save $3.83 for every dollar invested in energy efficiency programs.

Andy McGlashen: 517-420-1908
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