Paper and Wood Products Manufacturing Industries' ESPS for EGUs Comments Address Potential Business Implications, Role of Biomass in Compliance Strategies

Dec 01, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In joint comments being filed today, the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) and the American Wood Council express concern that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal on Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Generating Units (EGUs) exceeds the agency's authority and has potentially harmful implications for business and consumers alike.

"We are concerned that EPA's proposal will unnecessarily increase energy costs by forcing fuel choices on utilities and impose new requirements on renewable energy providers and users such as paper and wood products manufacturers," said AF&PA President & CEO Donna Harman. "Under this plan, industrial facilities taking voluntary steps to improve their energy efficiency could be subject to legally enforceable requirements. Moreover, it is clear that EPA has exceeded its legal authority by usurping the role given to states by Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act to impose performance standards on existing EGUs."

"If the United States is to remain competitive on a global scale, EPA must recognize biomass-based energy as carbon neutral. The recently released biogenic accounting framework is a step in that direction," said AWC President and CEO Robert Glowinski. "Other countries around the world use biomass to meet their climate goals. Mandating huge reductions beyond power plants will unnecessarily raise electricity costs for manufacturers, and our industry will incur costs that we simply cannot pass along to consumers, putting us at a competitive disadvantage."

EPA is required to review the standard every five years.