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Washington, D.C. – Today’s House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing, which brought together all of the acting Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) commissioners, exposed major concerns about EPA’s proposed carbon regulations from the agency tasked with overseeing electric grid reliability and electricity prices. The commissioners expressed serious concerns about EPA’s proposal, as well as the agency’s past regulations aimed at the power sector, and illuminated the fact that EPA has sought little, if any, input from FERC on the plan.

 

“We know that EPA has left the American people in the dark about the electric reliability and cost implications of its proposed carbon regulations, but to learn that EPA completely shirked a fellow regulatory agency that has the authority and responsibility to oversee these critical considerations underscores just how overreaching and politically driven the president’s climate agenda really is. As FERC Commissioner Tony Clark noted, EPA’s power grab represents a ‘seismic change,’ and we are troubled that EPA grossly exceeded its authority by not only putting forward transformative and costly energy policy, but also excluding the country’s foremost experts and overseers from providing input,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president for communications at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE). “From MATs to its newest proposed carbon regulations, EPA is setting our country on a dangerous trajectory toward economic and energy destruction. As we learned this past winter, threats to our electric grid and rising energy costs pose dire consequences for millions of Americans across the country, especially the most vulnerable, and while EPA may seek to shun and silence disapproval, there is no ignoring the profound and pervasive concerns among a...

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