Electric Co-ops: EPA Rule Illegal, Imprudent and Impossible to Implement

(ARLINGTON, VA) — The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) called the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule affecting existing power plants “illegal, imprudent and impossible to implement” in its official comments.

More than 1.1 million comments, both grass-roots and industry comments, have been submitted to the EPA opposing the proposed ‘carbon rules.’

From NRECA’s comments: “This Proposed Rule is illegal, imprudent and impossible to implement. EPA’s aggressive approach to interpreting the statute, complete inconsistency with its own longstanding regulations and misinformed statements and Pollyannaish judgments about the electricity sector and what the emission reductions sources in that sector can actually achieve, place the rule beyond salvage. These comments explore these infirmities in detail and explain why EPA must withdraw this ill-advised proposal and start over.”

The full comments are available at http://bit.ly/1yCIYd1, the corresponding attachments are at http://bit.ly/1vC01uS and a background briefing is available at http://bit.ly/1tEAsDW.

NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson offered this summary:

“The EPA proposal asks consumers to pay more for energy and use less of it. This approach raises serious consequences for millions of Americans in rural, high-cost or low-income areas.  Affordable, reliable energy is the lifeblood of every household, every business and every community in the country, so the member-owners of electric cooperatives view this plan with obvious concern.  It is complex, it is costly and it is a staggering overreach of authority. That’s why NRECA joins with co-op advocates who submitted more than 1.1 million grassroots comments to EPA asking for the withdrawal of these proposals on new and existing power plants. We stand ready to work with the EPA and others to create policies promoting an ‘all of the above approach’ that are environmentally and economically responsible.”

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.