August 3, 2015, WALTHAM, Mass. – National Grid US supports the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan aimed at meaningfully reducing greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.
“This landmark, comprehensive regulation will enable real progress in significantly reducing greenhouse gases,” said National Grid US president Dean Seavers. “The Obama Administration and EPA, under the leadership of Gina McCarthy, have worked tirelessly to craft a regulation that promotes the protection of human health and the environment through a host of clean energy options. This new rule supports market-based solutions while giving the states options to flex them to address their specific characteristics.”
Seavers went on to say that National Grid has long advocated for federal legislation as a comprehensive means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. “However, we support EPA’s Clean Power Plan in the absence of federal legislation.”
“National Grid will be actively collaborating with the states and other stakeholders as they develop their implementation plans to ensure the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from the energy sector and advance America’s efficient and clean energy future.”
National Grid has a history of supporting efforts to reduced greenhouse gas emissions by helping customers save money and use energy more efficiently to reducing its own emissions. We established reduction goals of 45% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, from year 1990 baseline levels. Due in large part to investments in its electricity generation operations, natural gas and electricity distribution networks, National Grid’s total emissions in the US have decreased by 65% from 1990 to 2013.
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National Grid (LSE: NG; NYSE: NGG) is an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the Northeast. National Grid also operates the systems that deliver gas and electricity across Great Britain.
Through its U.S. Connect21 strategy, National Grid is transforming its electricity and natural gas networks to support the 21st century digital economy with smarter, cleaner, and more resilient energy solutions. Connect21 is vital to our communities' long-term economic and environmental health and aligns with regulatory initiatives in New York (REV: Reforming the Energy Vision) and Massachusetts (Grid Modernization).