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More information on Fossil Fuel Elimination Rule wanted

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

On 5th November the APGA signed a letter to Secretary Chu of the US DOE requesting the DOE issue a request for information (RFI) with regards to the Fossil Fuel Elimination Rule, Section 433 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA). Section 433 stipulates the elimination of all fossil fuel generated energy from federal projects by 2030. The elimination is set to a fixed timetable, which will be 55% by 2010, 80% by 2020 and 100% by 2030.

The APGA is opposed to this rule for several reasons. Enforcement of Section 433 would halt the pursuit of the increased use of natural gas to support the national priorities of helping to improve the US economy, reduce environmental impacts and secure the nation’s energy future.

The implementation of Section 433 is also reported to have many problems. It is unclear if Section 433 permits the use of Renewable Energy Credits and the rule would not permit the use of Combined Heat and Power systems, which have been supported by the DOE due to energy efficiency benefits. Currently, there is no path to compliance with the zero fossil fuel goal, there exists no recognised path to a 100% renewable grid.

The APGA has been working with other utility associations and efficiency groups to confront the challenges posed by Section 433. While there is no consensus on a solution, there is general agreement that there are significant challenges involved in implementing it.

Adapted from press release by Claira Lloyd.

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