The most cost-effective way to lower emissions is through energy efficiency, according to a recent report released by the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). The C2ES report shows that economic models of the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan indicate the “[c]ost impacts for the average U.S. household are minimal. . . . less than $87 a year per household,” and says “[e]nergy efficiency is the most cost-effective way to reduce emissions and results in lower power consumption.” Additionally, the report concludes that “[r]elying on energy efficiency also minimizes the impact on natural gas prices.” While Ohio is currently under a two-year freeze on energy efficiency and renewable energy standards (see our June 13, 2014 blog post for more), the state is also experiencing a shift to more natural-gas-fueled power plants, which is expected to help the state meet the initial Clean Power Plan standards (see our November 25, 2014 blog post for more). To read the full report, click here.