States Call for EPA FlexibilityBy Cathy Cash | ECT Staff Writer Published: November 25th, 2013
Electric cooperatives are ready to work with state utility regulators who are urging the Environmental Protection Agency to be flexible when it comes to setting carbon dioxide standards for existing power plants.
“We look forward to working with state regulatory commissions across the country who want EPA to pursue a flexible path forward when crafting carbon dioxide standards that will impact our coal fleet,” said Ted Cromwell, NRECA senior principal for environmental policy.
Jay Morrison, NRECA vice president for regulatory issues, Mary Ann Ralls, NRECA associate director regulatory counsel, and Cromwell attended the annual meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Nov. 17-20, in Orlando, Fla., where state regulators approved a resolution calling for the federal agency to rely on their expertise when regulating carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.
Federal carbon dioxide guidelines “should rely on both State utility and environmental regulators to develop the CO2 performance standards and implementation plans that reflect the policies, energy needs, resource mix and economic conditions of each State and region that exist now and in the future,” the resolution said.
NARUC, the national association representing state commissioners who regulate essential utility services, took no position on whether EPA should proceed with carbon dioxide regulations.
At the direction of the White House, EPA is preparing to draft regulations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal plants. A proposed rule is due June 2014. The agency is expected to publish a carbon dioxide standard for new plants soon that will launch a 60-day comment period.
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