Video: Lisa Jackson on EPA’s role in power grid

While new EPA regulations have been decried by some critics as a “war on coal,” administrator Lisa Jackson explains in this interview with EnergyNOW that the agency’s role isn’t to determine the source of the nation’s energy.

“First off, EPA doesn’t require shutting down of any plant,” Jackson says. “Once EPA sets [pollution] rules, the business has to look at their portfolio and make a decision about whether to invest in [existing power] plants or not.”

“What EPA’s role is to do is to level the playing field, so that pollution costs are not exported to the population.”

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  1. You know,one way this could be kept more positive for the nation is by simply incentivising “solar energy production” and not stipulating which actual devices or hardware is incentivized. Requiring states to use SREC trading comes to mind as a very good way to do this. Many coal burners are paying carbon penalties now, which trade to their own wind and hydro production. If a solar carve-out were set in place with a significant solar percentage requirement, the whole game would shift in time, and it would be done all without government money!.