Today the leading renewable energy industry advocacy groups released a handbook aimed at helping states better understand how solar and wind power can help them comply with EPA regulations. The handbook is intended to help states comply with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, which proposes regulations to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants. It will be updated when EPA finalizes the rules.
“Wind energy already cuts power sector carbon emissions by more than five percent a year, while growing U.S. manufacturing and generating tens of billions of dollars of investment, including in economically distressed rural areas,” said American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) CEO Tom Kiernan. “This new handbook provides a helping hand to states, allowing them to capitalize on the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy while diversifying their energy mix and lowering costs for consumers.”
“For states looking to meet new obligations under the Clean Power Plan, solar and wind energy can be real game changers,” said SEIA president and CEO Rhone Resch. Indeed technologies like carbon scrubbers for coal-fired power plants can be costly, making some plants more expensive to retrofit than adding in solar or wind power.
The new handbook: “A Handbook for the States: Incorporating Renewable Energy into State Compliance Plans for EPA’s Clean Power Plan” explains the more than 1,000 pages of the draft EPA rule and its technical support documents. It provides states guidance on how to meet the EPA compliance by incorporating renewable energy into their compliance plans.
The handbook provides access to renewable integration studies that illustrate how significant amounts of wind and solar energy were added to the grid without harming reliability. It also helps state officials calculate the carbon reductions that they’ll be able to achieve from wind and solar energy.
The handbook also comes as both solar and wind power anticipate growth. Already the U.S. has 65,879 megawatts of wind power online with more in the works. Solar grew to 20 gigawatts of installed power last year and already it’s expected to double to 40 gigawatts by the end of 2016, which the organizations said is equivalent to closing 10 coal-fired plants.
The handbook also comes as AWEA and SEIA are pushing to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC), which support their respective energy types.Tweet