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Proposed EPA Regs Will Jeopardize Reliable Electric Service

Inter-County Energy Says Proposed EPA Regs

Will Jeopardize Kentucky’s Reliable, Affordable Electric Service

 Inter-County Energy officials today said proposed federal regulations on power plants’ carbon dioxide emissions will jeopardize reliable, affordable electric service for Kentuckians.

“As a not-for-profit, member-owned cooperative, our top priority is providing reliable, affordable electric service. EPA’s plan jeopardizes both reliability and affordability,” said Jim Jacobus, President/CEO of Inter-County Energy. “We are gravely concerned about the impact EPA’s plan will have on Kentucky’s rural residents, many of whom struggle already to make ends meet, and on manufacturers that depend on reliable, affordable electric service.”

EPA’s plan would force power generators to shut some plants, and change the way they operate other plants. In particular, EPA’s plan would force generators to rely more heavily upon natural gas, requiring the construction of more gas-fired power plants, more gas pipelines and more electric transmission lines to serve the new power plants.

Mr. Jacobus noted Kentucky has reliable electric service and some of the lowest rates in the nation. As a result, Kentucky has more than 200,000 manufacturing jobs that depend upon continued reliable, affordable power. Furthermore, the household income of electric cooperative members in Kentucky is 22 percent below the U.S. average.

“Kentucky has a tremendous stake in the impact of EPA’s plan,” Mr. Jacobus said. “We believe EPA should withdraw the proposed rule.  If finalized as proposed, the rule will threaten the reliability and affordability of our electric service.”

Today is the deadline for submitting comments regarding EPA’s proposed regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.

Inter-County Energy joined electric cooperatives nationwide in opposing EPA’s proposed regulations on new and existing power plants, an effort that generated more than 1 million comments from cooperatives and co-op members.

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