Make Your Community's Voice Heard on the Clean Power Plan!
If you have been wondering how to influence your state’s carbon reduction plan under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan (CPP), the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), an ECC Board member, has posted seven ways to do just that.
ACEEE’s blog post on using energy efficiency to reach state emission-reduction targets serves as a useful primer for representatives of low-income communities of color – individuals, community organizations, coalitions, etc. – on specific steps for engaging in the state CPP planning process. ACEEE says it’s even possible to submit comments directly to EPA on how the CPP should unfold.
The blog post addresses the two-year window (2020-21) for states to get double credit for emission reduction under the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), which specifically targets low-income communities for investments in renewable energy generation and energy efficiency measures.
The post also notes that EPA will engage stakeholders in defining low-income communities and the types of energy efficiency programs allowed under the CEIP.
Unless your state gets an extension, a plan for meeting its individual carbon-reduction target is due to EPA in less than a year, September 2016. So the time for action is now!
Read ACEEE’s full blog post on making your community’s voice heard here.