Past Seminar

Energy Efficiency in EPA's Clean Power Plan: Using Building Block #4 to Set and Meet Emissions Goals

Nov 4, 2014

About the Event

Webinar co-hosted by Resources for the Future (RFF) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Energy efficiency plays a unique role as building block #4 in the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed Clean Power Plan, which sets carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions rate targets for existing power plants by state. States may use energy efficiency as one of several potential strategies for achieving their targets, as long as they can demonstrate to EPA that their efforts result in real energy savings.

As states consider their response to EPA’s proposal and their options for compliance, they need to understand the basis for building block #4, the implications of using energy efficiency policies and programs for compliance, and how to evaluate the energy savings resulting from these programs. This webinar, co-hosted by Resources for the Future (RFF) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), addressed these aspects of the opportunities and challenges for energy efficiency under EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

This was the second event in a joint EPRI–RFF series on EPA’s Clean Power Plan: Exploring Opportunities for Collaboration and Compliance.


12:00 p.m.

Welcome and Introduction

  • Kristin Hayes, Assistant Director, RFF's Center for Climate and Electricity Policy, Resources for the Future

12:05 p.m.

Brief Overview of Building Block #4 and EPRI’s Energy Efficiency Assessment (Download presentation)

  • Omar Siddiqui, Senior Technical Executive, Electric Power Research Institute

12:20 p.m.

Challenges and Opportunities for Evaluation of Energy Efficiency Savings (Download presentation)

  • Karen Palmer, Senior Fellow and Research Director, Resources for the Future

12:35 p.m.

Experience with State Energy Efficiency Program Implementation (Download presentation)

  • Dian Grueneich, Senior Research Scholar, Precourt Energy Efficiency Center, Stanford University and former Commissioner, California Public Utility Commission
12:50 p.m. Q&A

1:15​ p.m.




  • Karen L. Palmer, Senior Fellow and Director, Future of Power Initiative, Resources for the Future