Energy Execs Say Clean Power Plan Is Workable In The Long Run

Mar 16, 2015

The focus of the Vail Global Energy Forum was "North America as a global energy powerhouse," but much of the talked revolved around low oil prices.

This week, lawmakers in Washington are examining the cost and legality of the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial plan to reduce carbon emissions.

The issue also came up over the weekend during a panel about clean power at an energy conference in Colorado. 

Energy executives on the panel at the Vail Global Energy Forum agreed that meeting the Clean Power Plan’s 2020 emissions targets would be tough because there is not much time to prepare.  Steve Corneli, Senior Vice President of NRG Energy, a power company, believes it is important to plan past 2020.

"The 2050, 2060, 2070 goals, we really have to find a way to do  almost everything we do with no net carbon increases by then," Corneli said.

Another panelist, former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter said that despite some opposition he has been working with lawmakers from several western states on how to comply with the Clean Power Plan.