EPA To Hold Listening Sessions on GHG Rule

By October 22, 2013Energy

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing regulations for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for existing power plants, the Agency is holding 11 listening sessions in cities across the country. The scheduled date, time and location for each listening session are included below. Additional information can be found on the EPA’s website, which can be accessed by clicking here.

Manufacturers consume one-third of the nation’s energy and are directly impacted by any regulation that increases the cost or reliability of electricity. Additionally, manufacturers stand “next in line” for GHG regulations and the precedents set by the GHG rules for power plants could serve as a model for similar regulations of other sectors. The NAM encourages the EPA to consider the following as they develop GHG rules for existing power plants:

  1. We Need An All Of The Above Energy Strategy: Energy markets are ever changing. The world of energy five years ago looked considerably different than it does today; and the world in five years from now will be different as well. The best way to adjust to changing energy markets while keeping American manufacturing competitive is by having a diverse energy mix, which gives us a wide-variety of options to choose from.
  2. Energy Can Be Our Competitive Advantage: Energy has increasingly become a bright spot for U.S. manufacturing. Regulations that cause the premature retirement of plants in our existing power fleet will increase energy prices for manufacturers and turn a potential competitive advantage to a disadvantage.
  3. Reliability Matters: We already know that because of regulations already on the books, a significant portion of our existing power fleet will retire in the next several years. Manufacturers depend on reliable sources of electricity to operate. Any interruption in the supply of electricity, even if for a very short duration, disrupts the manufacturing process and is incredibly costly. It is critical that the EPA take adequate time to consider the impact GHG regulations will have on grid reliability.
  4. We Cannot Address Climate Change On Our Own: GHGs are global by nature, and any effort to materially reduce emissions will require global commitment and participation.  Led by manufacturers’ innovations in energy development and efficiency, U.S. GHG emissions are as low today as they were in the mid-1990s, this while manufacturing gross output increased 29% during that period. Even more remarkable is that these emissions reductions have taken place while China, the world’s largest emitter, has seen emissions more than double over that same time period. EPA regulations to limit GHG emissions will have little or no impact on climate change if the rest of the world operates without similar restrictions.


EPA Listening Sessions:

Atlanta, GA

October 23, 1013
Session 1 – 2:00-5:00 pm EST
Session 2 – 6:00-9:00 pm EST

Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
Bridge Conference Rooms
61 Forsyth St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Point of contact: Dorothy Riddell – (404) 562-8080

Boston, MA

November 4, 2013
10:00 am-3:00pm EST

U.S. EPA New England Offices
Memorial Hall
5 Post Office Square
Boston, MA 02109
Point of contact: Dan Abrams – (617) 918-1067

Chicago, IL

November 8, 2013
9:00 am-4:00 pm CST

U.S. EPA Region 5 Offices
Metcalfe Federal Building
Lake Michigan Room
77 W. Jackson Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60604
Point of contact: Megan Gavin – (312) 353-5282

Dallas, TX

November 7, 2013
10:00 am-3:00 pm CST

J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
Auditorium – 1st Floor
1515 Young St.
Dallas, TX 75202
Point of contact: Jennah Durant – (214) 665-2287

Denver, CO

October 30, 2013
9:00 am-5:00 pm MST (last 2 hours for call ins)

U.S. EPA Region 8 Offices
1595 Wynkoop St.
Denver, CO 80202
Point of contact: Environmental Information Center – (303) 312-6312

Lenexa, KS

November 4, 2013
4:00-8:00 pm CST

U.S. EPA Region 7 Offices
11201 Renner Blvd.
Lenexa, KS 66219
Point of contact: Toni Gargas – (913) 551-7193

New York City, NY

October 23, 2013
Session 1 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm EST
Session 2 – 2:00-5:00 pm EST

U.S. EPA Region 2 Offices
Room 27A
290 Broadway
New York, NY 10007
Point of contact: Jennifer May-Reddy – (212) 637-3658

Philadelphia, PA

November 8, 2013
10:00 am-4:00 pm EST

William J. Green, Jr. Federal Building
600 Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Point of contact: Pat Egan – (215) 814-3167

San Francisco, CA

November 5, 2013
9:00 am-4:00 pm PST

U.S. EPA Region 9 Offices
75 Hawthorne St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Point of contact: Niloufar Glosson – (415) 972-3684

Seattle, WA

November 7, 2013
3:00-6:00 pm PST

Henry M. Jackson Federal Building
915 2nd Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
Point of contact: Caryn Sengupta – (206) 553-1275

Washington, DC

November 7, 2013
9:00 am-8:00 pm EST

U.S. EPA Headquarters
William Jefferson Clinton East
Room 1153 (Map Room)
1201 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20460
Point of contact: Angela Hackel – (919) 541-5262


Greg Bertelsen

Greg Bertelsen

Senior Director of Energy and Resources Policy at National Association of Manufacturers
Greg Bertelsen is the director of energy and resources policy at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Mr. Bertelsen oversees the NAM’s environmental policy work and has expertise on issues ranging from air quality, climate change, energy efficiency, major EPA regulations and the rulemaking process.Mr. Bertelsen’ s background includes legal, policy and government relations experience on a range of key energy and environmental issues. Mr. Bertelsen received his JD from American University and his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College.
Greg Bertelsen

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