Jo Ann Emerson, CEO of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), released the following statement upon a review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for new power plants released today and slated for publication in the Federal Register tomorrow.
"The NSPS rule scheduled to be published tomorrow effectively eliminates new coal power plants as a future electric generation option, taking a reliable domestic fuel with a historically predictable cost off the table. The emissions standards require carbon capture and storage at new coal plants despite this technology not existing on a commercial scale at any power plant anywhere in the world.
"As not-for-profit, consumer-owned utilities, electric co-ops rely on a diverse fuel mix to provide affordable, reliable electricity to 42 million Americans. And we believe strongly in our responsibility both to our environment and to members, who often serve some of the most economically vulnerable populations in this country.
"That’s why NRECA continues to urge the administration to reconsider this proposal and the potentially damaging effects it could have on our communities and economy."
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is a national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.