LPPC Statement On Energy Independence Executive Order
March 28, 2017
Today, President Trump signed an executive order to reexamine our nation’s current climate change policies and positions. This order provides an opportunity for the nation to develop new approaches, measures, and policies for advancing the climate change issues in a reasonable and balanced manner.
As an organization of not-for-profit public power systems that are dedicated to serving our local communities and doing so in a manner that ensures the protection of the environment, the Large Public Power Council (LPPC) looks forward to working with the Trump Administration to review and revise those policies and positions in a thoughtful and effective way. Most importantly, such replacement regulations should be closely linked to business principles that focus on accomplishing the desired environmental goal in the most cost-effective manner possible, while maintaining the reliability of the electricity grid. Furthermore, LPPC believes climate and environmental policies should consider costs and technology; specifically, statutes and agency regulations controlling greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants for the power sector should be phased in, be technologically feasible, recognize regional differences and be cost-effective for consumers. Key elements necessary for success include a clear definition of the results desired, as well as flexibility provided to the industry to define the best strategies to accomplish the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions nationally at the least cost to consumers.
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