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: CLIMATE AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES
Should Consider Costs and Technology
While Congress has the responsibility for establishing laws setting U.S. environmental policy, all statutes and agency regulations controlling GHG and other pollutants for the power sector should be phased in, technologically achievable, recognize regional differences, and be cost-effective for customers.
Principle: BALANCED ENERGY ECONOMY
Must Be Carefully Planned To Ensure Reliability, Affordability and Environmental Stewardship
We support the adoption and pursuit of national energy policies that encourage environmentally responsible technology development enabling the use of the full range of the nation’s energy resources. States and individual utilities should have flexibility in resource planning to achieve portfolios that meet overarching federal objectives on a least cost, best-fit basis.
Principle: TRANSMISSION POLICY
Maintain Public Power Control Over Planning, Rates and Operations
Planning for future transmission should benefit the customers that utilities serve. Transmission planning processes should accelerate the construction and building of necessary facilities while resulting in the lowest cost possible for local customers.
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 find the right balance between environmental regulations and keeping rates affordable for American families.
LPPC believes that federal climate policy should be set by Congress, not EPA. LPPC opposes regulation of stationary source GHG emissions under the existing Clean Air Act.
LPPC supports deployment of renewable energy resources. LPPC works with policymakers to ensure that any clean-energy legislation enacted recognizes regional differences regarding renewable resources and provides credit for all forms of clean energy, including nuclear, energy efficiency, conservation, hydro, and coal with CO2 capture.
Across the United States, LPPC members are actively reducing greenhouse gases and lowering customer electric bills through conservation, energy efficiency and the use of renewable resources.
LPPC members have invested almost $2.2 billion in demand side energy efficiency and spent $994 million on efficiency incentives. LPPC members are also committed to increasing energy efficiency technology like digital meters and smart grids. 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.
Additionally, LPPC member utilities often receive national recognition for exemplary and innovative clean energy 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”