APPA says new EPA regulations will kill coal

Washington, D.C., March 29, 2012 — The American Public Power Association is "extremely disappointed" with the proposed New Source Performance Standard announced recently by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"In our view, this proposed rule effectively kills coal going forward as a resource for electricity generation and contradicts the Obama Administration's claim that it will pursue an 'all of the above' fuel strategy for meeting the nation's energy needs. This will limit our future resource options and could likely lead to higher electricity rates in the coming years," according to the APPA.

"Through this rule, the EPA is also inexplicably mandating that the nation's utilities utilize carbon capture and sequestration technology to reduce emissions when this technology has not even been proven to be commercially viable and, according to several studies conducted by APPA, will not be anytime soon. EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson herself recently admitted to reporters that CCS technology would take within 10 years to be commercially available."

"This will therefore effectively force utilities to switch fuels to natural gas or face heavy fines for non-compliance with the rule. APPA staff and legal counsel will be reviewing the rule more closely in the coming days and may have additional comments on the proposed rule at that time."

Based in Washington, D.C., APPA is the national service organization for the nation's more than 2,000 community- and state-owned not-for-profit electric utilities serving 46 million customers.

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