American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy / by Rachel Young and Sara Hayes
EPA’s Clean Power Plan allows states to pick from many pollution-reducing technologies and policies—including energy efficiency—when designing their compliance plans. What are the costs and emissions benefits of these various compliance options? ACEEE has developed the State and Utility Pollution Reduction (SUPR) calculator to help states find the answers. Users can choose from 19 policies and technologies to build their state’s compliance scenario, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, nuclear power, emissions control, and natural gas. SUPR shows them how much the scenario will cost and what they will get for that investment.
[From a Climate Wire article by Scott Detrow and Emily Holden, sub. req’d] The calculator is a bit oversimplified — states’ existing power-production makeups or efficiency programs are not factored in — but aims to help policymakers grasp how far efficiency programs could get them, in terms of pure greenhouse gas reductions…