LPPC members work to ensure reliable, sustainable and affordable service – today and in the future - with innovative programs that reduce emission levels, expand capacity and improve energy efficiency through the use of diverse fuels including natural gas, nuclear, coal, hydro, wind and solar.
Principle: BALANCED ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
Regulators Should Consider Effectivess, Cost and Available Technology
Environmental stewardship, including the reduction of carbon emissions, is a critical responsibility of public power. Federal environmental laws and regulations should ensure that rules are cost-effective, rely on demonstrated technology, do not undermine electric system reliability, account for regional differences including the diversity of generation sources, and provide workable implementation schedules. It is critical to allow for adequate time and flexibility for implementation to minimize cost impacts to consumers and to maintain grid reliability.
Principle: CARBON REDUCTION (NEW FOR 2020)
Public Power Systems Have Made Great Strides to Reduce Carbon Emissions
The LPPC, as consumer-driven utilities, is committed to reliability, affordability, economic development, and environmental stewardship. We support federal action regarding carbon reduction, provided there is consistency of environmental rules. Any future federal policy should be economy wide and performance-based, providing utilities flexibility to choose compliance approaches appropriate for their regional circumstances. Congress should support the commercialization of new emission-reducing technologies and provide public power communities with access to financing tools and incentives to make necessary investments in system modernization. Public power utilities made significant investments to reduce carbon (and other pollutants) and those early actions should be recognized and credited in any federal policy.
LPPC members are dedicated to protecting the environment and the health and welfare of the communities we serve. Currently about 36 percent of LPPC member-owned capacity is carbon-free, and this number is expected to increase by 10 percent in the next 10 years. LPPC members are also projected to purchase an additional 5,024 MW of carbon-free wind, solar, nuclear and hydro power over the next 10 years, which is 90 percent of members’ supply purchases.
LPPC members work with policymakers to ensure that energy and environmental regulations provide flexibility and workability for utilities to help them maintain affordabilty for their consumers.
LPPC believes that any future federal climate policy should be established first by Congress and implemented by EPA. LPPC supports environmental regulations that are consistent with statutory authority and those offering the greatest flexibility and recognition of regional differences.
Across the United States, LPPC members are actively reducing greenhouse gases and lowering consumer electric bills through conservation and energy efficiency.
LPPC members have invested almost $2.2 billion in demand side energy efficiency and spent $994 million on efficiency incentives. LPPC members are also investing in smart grid technologies. LPPC member digital meters represent 15 percent of the digital meters in the U.S., providing a technology platform that enables consumer-selected efficiency measures and demand response. Digital meters provide the data necessary for consumers to make informed choices about their energy use.
LPPC member utilities often receive national recognition for exemplary and innovative programs including:
- The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy — “Best in America”
- The Interstate Renewable Energy Council — “Renewable Energy Recognition Award”
- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — Landfill Methane Outreach Program’s “Electric Generation Project of the Year”
- American Wind Energy Association ranking of “Top Wind Energy Developments”