WASHINGTON, DC — On November 1, 2016, 67,306 answered The Climate Reality Project’s call to submit comments supporting the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), a part of the Clean Power Plan. The effort constitutes a key part of Climate Reality’s ongoing work to ensure the US fulfills and surpasses its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as part of the Paris Agreement.
“The Clean Energy Incentive Program encourages states to invest in technologies like solar, wind, and energy efficiency,” said Ken Berlin, president and CEO of The Climate Reality Project. “We are proud of the thousands of Climate Reality supporters who have commented on the Incentive Program and who are helping to accelerate the national shift to clean, renewable energy.”
Climate Reality’s submission comes on the final day of the EPA’s comment period on the CEIP, which is currently in the planning and design phase. The CEIP is a voluntary program that rewards early investments in renewable energy generation and demand-side energy efficiency measures that generate carbon-free electricity or reduce end-use energy demand during 2020 and/or 2021.
By making it easier for states to save energy and replace dirty fossil fuel energy with solar, wind, and other renewables, the program helps to grow a booming clean energy sector that already employs hundreds of thousands of Americans. The CEIP also helps states use the energy they generate in smarter and more efficient ways — with a special focus on clean energy and efficiency in the low-income communities.
The CEIP will mark an important step forward in reducing the emissions driving climate change and accelerating the switch to renewable energy, further illustrating the United States’ commitment to leadership in solving the climate crisis.
Senior US Campaigns Organizer