WASHINGTON– American Wood Council President and CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's release of New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for Existing Electric Generating Units (EGUs).
"Our members, like most manufacturers, will face increased costs to the extent they purchase power from utilities. Such increases in manufacturing operating costs pose a risk to both jobs as well as the ability to compete in and with key international markets. For our industry, many of our facilities provide well-paying jobs in largely rural areas of the country.
"Additionally, our industry's use of biobased manufacturing residuals is an important source of carbon-neutral energy. Overall, we meet about 78 percent of our energy needs from biomass, which is not only efficient, but also cost effective. We therefore urge EPA to continue to recognize biomass as part of a long-term solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and to quickly complete and release its Accounting Framework on Biogenic Emissions from Stationary Sources in a manner consistent with this recognition."