California's progress getting rid of old carbon emitting electric power production will have new emissions count reduction goals for 2030 after the U.S. EPA finalizes its rules for putting the President's Clean Power Plan into action. The state, acting as a partner to the EPA, will continue experimenting with electricity energy systems to lower carbon emissions at its electricity power plants to 30 percent below the 2005 levels.
Citizens in SAn DIego can comment online on the pollution goals, how to reach the goals, and the tradeoffs in energy production and lowered health and environment impacts. The comment period for the proposed CLean Power Plan rules begun on June 2nd lasts 120 days.
San Diego U.S. congressional representative Scott Peters invited the U.S. EPA to challenge California to continue to make a difference in clean energy. Green energy production in the western state's stationary source electricity market can lead other states following the enactment of the EPA's new guidelines states will follow to plan their own energy reductions.
“I congratulate President Obama for his leadership on climate action, and especially for the flexible approach he has brought to this issue. Instead of imposing a one-size-fits-all, potentially clumsy federal regime, this plan empowers each state to make its own solution, and will reward states for reducing carbon emissions, cutting down on pollution and smog, and providing cleaner air for our children and seniors,” Peters said.
President Obama's Clean Power Plan gives the leading green state a big opportunity to raise the average pollution reduction in states' cities during the country's first time cut down in carbon pollutiion at electricity power plants. Under the proposed guidelines, California will be able to set its own state-specific reduction goals that keep electricity production using the state's own sources both affordable and reliable into the future generations.
"Climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, supercharges risks to our health, our economy, and our way of life. EPA is delivering on a vital piece of President Obama's Climate Action Plan by proposing a Clean Power Plan that will cut harmful carbon pollution from our largest source--power plants," said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.
Each state will use its own "best system of emissioins reduction." Performance standards have to have "adequately demonstrated" to the EPA California's citizens will get the planned cost reduction producing the energy California needs, and, get planned positive impacts on citizens health and the environment that do not come from improved air quaity.
Lowering the rate of carbon emissions produced by electricity generating units at SDG&E power plants is the main way the U.S. EPA expects states to make electricity energy production cleaner. Shifts to less carbon intensive production, such as natural gas controlled cyle, can give California big gains needed to close the gap on limiting emissons to the level needed by 2030, and, lead states on carbon pollution reduction through the power plan phase-in during 2020 through 2029.
San DIego's CleanTech industry will be able to add to the major pollution reduction work. Cutting energy use is second, behind using cleaner energy sources, in the nationwide clean power plan. Installations of SDG&E electricity generation units that produce low, or net zero, carbon emissions, such as solar or wind farms, already gives the city an advantage over cities in other states. The U.S. EPA counts on productive installations.
The more San DIegans decide to try living in a green home, or running a green business, and join the thousands in the city doing their part to step up the city's clean energy plan, the easier the experience California will have setting new green electricity production marks. Lowering electricity demand is the U.S. EPA's fourth recommendation to states.
States submit their Clean Power Plans by June 30th in 2016.
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