Delaware Sierra Club applauds new improvements to the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
Sierra Club applauds the work of dozens of local and regional organizations to secure a decision to strengthen and improve the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a multi-state agreement to reduce harmful carbon pollution in nine Northeastern states.
The improved RGGI Model Rule and Program Review Recommendations Summary would strengthen the program by lowering the maximum amount of allowable carbon dioxide emissions from sources like coal fired power plants, including the Indian River Power Plant. Lowering the cap to 91 million tons in 2014, with 2.5% additional reductions per year from 2015-2020, will help maintain the current success of RGGI in reducing harmful carbon pollution and create further incentives for clean energy and energy efficiency programs in the member states.
RGGI has clearly been a success already by putting millions of dollars toward renewable energy and energy efficiency programs across the region and in Delaware. These programs reduce pollution while saving consumers money, creating thousands of jobs, and building stronger local economies.
In August 2012 the Delaware Chapter of the Sierra Club joined more than 300 environmental and trade organizations in a letter to the Governors of the RGGI states that called for a lowering of the cap. Continuing to decrease the amount of carbon dioxide pollution from sources including coal-fired power plants will not only help protect our families from extreme weather and flooding worsened by climate disruption, but will provide an important economic boost by spurring additional investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency. Strengthening financial incentives for cleaner energy sources through RGGI will ultimately mean cleaner air for our kids to breathe and more good paying jobs in growing clean energy industries in our state.
It is clear that RGGI has established itself as a valuable tool to help reduce our region’s dependency on dirty coal and natural gas, and we applaud Governor Markell and DNREC Secretary O’Mara for renewing Delaware’s commitment to reducing our vulnerability to climate disruption, protecting public health, and creating a clean energy economy that is built to last. We anticipate the success of revised regulations in Delaware, and thank DNREC staff for their dedicated work.
RGGI, Inc. Press Release can be found here: http://us1.campaign-archive1.com/?u=30b3d3096a24600c6bfadf37a&id=ed86f6f...