EPA Extends Comment Deadline for Clean Power Plan

Filed in Codes and Regulations, Construction Industry by on September 26, 2014 0 Comments

power linesThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has extended to Dec.1 the comment period for the proposed Clean Power Plan rule.

The rule would establish specific state goals for the reduction of power plant greenhouse gas, including carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and provide guidelines for states in establishing plans to meet those goals.

The complicated, complex rule has the potential to directly affect the home building industry: EPA included an energy-efficiency option (specifically demand-side management programs) as part of required state plans to reduce future greenhouse gas emissions.

While EPA believes this approach provides states with flexibility in determining what specific measures to adopt, NAHB is concerned that will translate into more stringent building and energy codes.

In Arizona, state officials have begun to discuss doing just that, says Spencer Kamps, vice president of legislative affairs for the HBA of Central Arizona.  And this is in a state where major municipalities already adopt the most stringent energy codes issued.

“Not only do the impacts of the Clean Power rules extend far outside the envelope of energy production ,but this could put CO2 reductions, based on increased energy-efficiency measures, in our State Implantation Plan (SIP) making it virtually impossible to alter construction practices on a local level if they undermine CO2 reductions in Arizona’s SIP,” Kamps said.

The comment period, originally 120 days, was set to close Oct. 16 but states, senators and numerous stakeholder groups asked for more time. Janet McCabe, the EPA acting assistant administrator for air and radiation, noted that the extension will not alter the EPA’s plans for finalizing the rule by June 2015.

For more information about the EPA Clean Power Plan contact Tamra Spielvogel at 800-368-5242 x8327.

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