EPA to Regulate GHG Emissions

While everyone’s attention has been on Copenhagen, there is interesting action coming out of Washington.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

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As per the EPA News Release (Dec 7, 2009), greenhouse gases threaten public health and the environment.

The science of climate change overwhelmingly points to greenhouse gas emissions due to human activity as a primary driver to hotter, longer heat waves, increases in ground-level ozone pollution, and threats to the health and welfare of people, plants and animals.

The ruling by the EPA gives them the ability to regulate emissions. The ruling also signals the Obama administration’s ability to cut emissions with or without the cooperation from Congress. The publicity on the ruling is also significant in that it coincided with the opening day of Copenhagen.

Although the first regulations, to be made final on March 10, 2010, will cover vehicle emissions, it is anticipated that the EPA will begin writing emission rules for stationary pollution sources such as factories and power plants with annual emissions of at least 25,000 tons of CO2 (or equivalent) per year.

In this scenario, renewable energy generators and cleantech companies become all the more important as GHG emitters invest in pollution control technology.

But the EPA ruling is not entirely bad for GHG emitters. As Legend Power clients have seen, reducing an organization’s environmental footprint also increases its competitiveness through cost effective and sustainable investments in energy efficiency.

Factors such as energy consumption, total source emissions, regional environmental impact and economic costs will continue to be of interest to all companies.

Legend Power, for example, is an electrical energy conservation company that uses a patented device to achieve significant energy conservation results through voltage optimization. Installation results have yielded clearly measurable reductions in electric bills, maintenance costs and greenhouse gases. And, we’re pleased to show our clients’ contribution to energy conservation.