Co-ops Welcome Bipartisan Energy Legislation

(ARLINGTON, VA) — Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), welcomed the U.S. House of Representatives passing the Electricity Security and Affordability Act, H.R. 3826.

“It’s common sense to have regulations based on current and available technology rather than undeveloped technologies that do not yet exist commercially. That’s why electric cooperatives welcome this bipartisan legislation to replace the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule for new power plants with a reasonable standard based on existing technology. We urge the Senate to act quickly on this important legislation to avoid unnecessary and onerous increases in electric bills for Americans,” Emerson said.

Citing Costs, NRECA CEO Calls for Withdrawal of Climate Rule

(ARLINGTON, VA) — Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, reacted to the testimony of Energy Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal Dr. S. Julio Friedmann’s comment that requiring carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) would increase wholesale electricity prices 70 to 80 percent on first generation coal plants and 40 percent on second generation plants. The rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for new power plants essentially requires CCS for new coal plants.

“This cost increase is unconscionable but not surprising. In light of the Administration confirming our deepest concerns about the cost impact of the proposed regulation on new power plants, the rule should be immediately withdrawn and reconsidered. It is unjustifiable for the EPA to push through regulations that rely on technology that would eliminate the domestic and reliable option of coal in the future,” Emerson said.

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.