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Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) applauded the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power for hosting today’s hearing to examine challenges states face in complying with EPA’s proposed carbon regulations. The hearing features six public utility commissioners and documented the many issues associated with EPA’s proposal, including threats to their economies and electric reliability.

 

“The EPA brazenly cast aside any regard for states’ unique energy makeup, opting instead for a ‘one size fits all’ plan that will cause utility costs to skyrocket for millions of American families and businesses, while undermining the reliability of the country’s electric grid,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president for communications at ACCCE. “The state public utility commissioners who testified today revealed the mounting concerns with EPA’s proposal and, rightfully so, questioned the legality of EPA’s power grab.”

 

Today’s hearing addressed a number of mounting concerns raised by states as they create their own emissions plans, including:

  • Legal issues associated with EPA’s proposal;
  • Practical issues associated with EPA’s proposal;
  • Impacts on electricity rates for consumers and businesses;
  • Impacts on fuel diversity and electric reliability; and
  • Impacts on future economic growth and jobs.

During testimony, Commissioner Kenneth W. Anderson, Jr. from Texas noted the lack of time states have been allotted—only 120 days—to analyze, develop and submit plans to EPA by its deadline of October 16.

 

“Effectively, the EPA is proposing to restructure the nation’s electric system, which has slowly evolved over a century. This is a dramatic and unprecedented undertaking which...

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