What do you guys think of this? Letter from my electrical co-op....
In an ongoing effort to keep you informed about legislative and regulatory issues that may impact electric bills here at Ozarks Electric Cooperative, let me update you on efforts by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from new coal-fired power plants built starting next year. Released last month, the EPA’s proposed rule is so restrictive that it would have the practical effect of outlawing coal as a fuel for any future power plant. By setting emissions limits for carbon dioxide at levels unattainable by available technology, the EPA has chosen to eliminate America’s most plentiful fuel resource from the mix; leaving consumers largely at the mercy of volatile natural gas markets.
If the EPA’s rule on greenhouse gas emissions is put into effect, I believe it is only a matter of time before they will seek to expand its reach from future plants to all facilities, including those that serve OECC and our community today. OECC supports a comprehensive energy and environmental policy that embraces all fuels (nuclear, natural gas, renewables, and coal), maximizes energy efficiency, and emphasizes the development of technologies that continue to improve our environment. When the EPA invited stakeholders to comment on its proposed rule, that’s exactly what we told them.
The agency’s open comment period—-the time during which they are asking anyone with concerns about their proposed rule to speak up—-closes June 25. I urge you to join OECC in submitting comments to the EPA. Doing so is as easy as visiting the Our Energy, Our Future website and clicking the “take action” button in the Join the Campaign box. Your participation will help send a clear message to the EPA that affordable electric power is a priority to co-op members and the communities in which we live.
Ozarks Electric Cooperative
Ozarks Electric Cooperative Corp.
3641 Wedington Dr.
Fayetteville, AR 72702