Senator questions FERC EPA collaboration

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, sent a letter May 17 to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission seeking clarification on its collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency on proposed climate, water and other rules that could force the shutdown of some coal-fired generation units.

Murkowski voiced concern about the potential affect the rules may have on electricity reliability and affordability.

FERC has said it is investigating the impact EPA’s proposed rules could have on reliability. Both EPA and FERC have suggested creating a task force to address reliability issue. Murkowski said no details have been provided regarding the formation of the task force, or its scope, mission or influence. She asked FERC to provide information on the specific actions the FERC is taking to protect electric reliability.

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