Electric Co-op Members Cannot Afford Price Increases, Job Losses from Carbon Regulations
Article was added on Monday, June 02, 2014
VA) -National Rural Electric
Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jo Ann Emerson today commented
on the latest round of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions for power
"Americans count on affordable and reliable energy to power our
communities, promote job and economic growth, and keep costs in
line for the basic necessities in our family budgets. New EPA
regulations that add to the price of electricity have serious
consequences for our communities, jobs and families.
"It's very disappointing and disturbing that the EPA proposed a
regulation that goes further than the Clean Air Act allows by
taking an 'outside the fence' approach to setting the emissions
reduction requirements that states must accomplish.
cooperatives are naturally concerned that these regulations will
increase electricity prices and force power plant shutdowns,
thereby harming the economy and jobs of hard-working Americans.
However, there are a lot of details to work through in this
proposal - and
additional details that will be
outlined in yet-to-be-developed state plans.
"Co-ops serve some of America's communities most sensitive to, and
least able to afford, increases in the cost of energy. Electric
co-ops require independence and flexibility to choose solutions
based on the needs of the communities they serve, which
thoughtfully take into account balanced consideration of
affordability, reliability and environmental
"America's not-for-profit, member-owned electric cooperatives
remain laser-focused on the affordability and reliability of the
electricity that powers our communities and will provide the EPA
with detailed feedback after analyzing the proposal through that
NRECA 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.
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