Coal, Emissions, Policy & Regulations

Clean Power Plan open for public comment

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan is open comment through Oct. 16.

The ruling, released in June, is more than 1,600 pages and calls for reducing carbon dioxide emissions 30 percent by 2030.

Public hearings have already been held in Atlanta, Denver, Washington, D.C., and Pittsburgh.

“Power suppliers in the state are currently in the process of determining the full financial impact of the EPA proposed rule,” said Mary Ann Bell, senior vice president of communications for Coweta-Fayetteville EMC. “Our goal is to provide the most accurate projection possible and that will take time.”

“Climate change, fueled by carbon pollution, supercharges risks to our health, our economy, and our way of life,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “EPA is delivering on a vital piece of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan by proposing a Clean Power Plan that will cut harmful carbon pollution from our largest source – power plants. By leveraging cleaner energy sources and cutting energy waste, this plan will clean the air we breathe while helping slow climate change.”

“We’re concerned the EPA is making a decision that could force an increase in the cost of electricity and erode the reliability of our power supply,” said Coweta-Fayette EMC President and CEO Tony Sinclair. “If prices rise, we’re worried the trickle-down effect could be severe in the counties we serve. Higher prices created artificially due to mandated EPA actions and not as a result of true economic necessity would hurt businesses of all types, potentially leading to slower job growth or even loss of jobs.”

If the proposal receives final approval, states have until 2016 to submit plans.