January 25, 2015

U.S. States Concerned About Legality, Economic Consequences Of EPA Power Plant Rule

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for 21st Century Energy last week released a report summarizing U.S. states’ concerns with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed regulations governing existing power plants. 

According to the U.S. Chamber, states raised 12 significant and common concerns, ranging from rushed regulatory timelines (34 states) to the legal basis of the rule (32 states) and threats to reliability (32 states) and the potential negative economic consequences of the rule (28 states). In a statement, the Institute for 21st Century Energy President Karen Harbert argued, “Keeping the power on and keeping electricity affordable are not partisan issues, and indeed those responsible for critical functions in many states of all political stripes are telling the Obama administration that major changes must be made to this rule” and advised the “EPA has emphasized from the start that listening to the states and to stakeholders would be a top priority during this rulemaking process, so it is time to turn that rhetoric into action and go back to the drawing board.” 

On the reliability question, also last week the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity launched a new #ColdInTheDark campaign that will highlight electricity reliability challenges created by the power plant rule and other EPA regulations. Learn more about this campaign at http://keepamericaspoweron.org/.