Another study is pointing to energy efficiency as the cornerstone of a state’s strategy for complying with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.
“Michigan researchers say the state’s best path to compliance with the federal Clean Power Plan will start with energy efficiency and depend largely on a mix of natural gas and renewables,” Midwest Energy News reports, citing a modelling study by the non-profit Institute of Energy Innovation (IEI) and the University of Michigan. The study “recommends eliminating the spending cap on efficiency improvements and making those investments as attractive to utilities as building new baseload plants.”
State legislators are about to phase out Michigan’s successful energy efficiency standard, MWEN notes. But efficiency could deliver one-third of Michigan’s carbon reduction target under the CPP, with new generation providing the rest.
In recent months, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions concluded that greater emphasis on efficiency could cut the cost of CPP compliance to 25¢ per day for the average household, while the U.S. Energy Information Administration determined that short-term power price increases in the early years of CPP implementation could be moderated by energy efficiency and conservation.