Partnership Attempts Voluntary Emissions Reductions

Government goals for clean air always come with a twist. Power Partners, which is comprised of leaders from the nation’s electric power sector, have signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that establishes a framework for the voluntary reduction of greenhouse gas emission intensity over the next decade.

Power Partners is one of 13 trade associations or business groups taking part in the Climate Voluntary Innovative Sector Initiatives: Opportunities Now (VISION) program. Energy technologies considered applicable to low emissions and emissions free standards include wind and “other renewables,” according to the press release on the VISION agreement. But they also include nuclear, natural gas and clean coal. Goals of this agreement are to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions intensity of the United States’ economy 18 percent by 2012. Representatives from Power Partners have pledged to collectively reduce the power sector’s greenhouse gas emissions intensity by an equivalent of 3 to 5 percent, measured as carbon emissions per unit of electricity produced, below 2000-2002 baseline levels by 2010-2012. The agreement also establishes goals for the overall public-private partnership, sets out general principles, and proposes actions to further the partnership’s objectives. The seven organizations comprising Power Partners are the American Public Power Association, Edison Electric Institute, Electric Power Supply Association, Large Public Power Council, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Nuclear Energy Institute, and Tennessee Valley Authority.

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