EPA Regs: What Co-ops Can DoBy Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer Published: September 23rd, 2013
NRECA officials say they plan to enlist the support of electric cooperatives and their members nationwide in dealing with proposed regulations aimed at yet-to-be-built power plants.
And the place to start, they said, is the new Cooperative Action Network, a website that outlines the issues and provides opportunities for member input on the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas regulations.
Kirk Johnson, NRECA senior vice president, government relations, said co-op leaders can start to think about how they can drive a grassroots campaign through the Cooperative Action Network.
“We will be asking our grassroots to submit comments to the EPA, arguing that the rule hurts our future economic well-being and that it should be withdrawn,” Johnson said. “This is likely to be an ongoing battle for some time, and we will work with our member co-ops so that their voices will be heard.”
NRECA is conducting a thorough review of the 463 pages of proposed regulations, which curb coal generation at future power plants by requiring them to use carbon capture and storage technology that is extremely costly and not commercially viable.
The association will be developing legal, operational and technical arguments for the comments it will file with EPA, and provide additional information to member co-ops, Johnson added.