U.S. EPA Proposes Regulation of Greenhouse Gases from Existing Power Plants
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released its proposal for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from the nation’s existing power plants by 2030.
EKPC and the utility industry are analyzing the 650-page proposal to determine its potential impacts. This rule could have a profound impact on EKPC, its 16 owner-member
cooperatives and the people they serve because more than 90 percent of the electricity our cooperative generates is fueled by coal, one of the primary sources of greenhouse gas
"We are very concerned about how this will affect the people who use the electricity we generate," President and CEO Tony Campbell said. "We are particularly concerned
about the impact on rates. Our 16 owner-member cooperatives serve many households that can least afford a rate increase." The household income of electric cooperative
members in Kentucky is 7.4 percent below the state average and 22 percent below the U.S. average. In the 87 counties served by our cooperatives, the unemployment rate is
60 percent higher than the national average. The manufacturing industry, which is sensitive to swings in energy costs, makes up a significant portion of Kentucky’s economy.
Manufacturers provide 235,000 direct jobs in Kentucky. Last fall, the EPA proposed a rule for future power plants that would effectively prevent the addition of any new
coal-fueled power plants for the foreseeable future. That rule has not yet been finalized.
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