Manufacturers Support Bipartisan Effort on GHGs

By January 9, 2014Economy, Energy

Today, Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced the Electricity Security and Affordability Act in the House and Senate. The bipartisan legislation would set some logical perimeters on what the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can require under its greenhouse gas (GHG) rules for power plants. The bill addresses some of manufacturers’ biggest concerns, namely that the Administration is mandating compliance requirements that cannot be met with commercially available technologies. On November 14, 2013, the NAM’s Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy, Ross Eisenberg, expressed support for this legislation at a House Energy and Commerce, Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing:

“Manufacturers stand ready to work with the sponsors of this legislation to attract broad, bipartisan support and ultimately to enact it. The bill would give manufacturers regulatory certainty by preserving a true “all-of-the-above” energy policy. For new power plants, it allows the market to govern—with or without the EPA’s rule, most new plants in the near term will be natural gas—but it protects against potential market shifts by providing reasonable options to build new coal plants if natural gas prices change. It would give utilities and manufacturers the time they need to make the investments necessary to comply with standards for new and existing power plants. In addition, it provides for real checks and balances on the existing plant rule, ensuring that this highly important, first-of-its-kind set of regulations is carried out in a deliberative, bipartisan fashion.”

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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