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COSTS Continued from page 6 The bulk of these EPA reg-


ula tions are due to court- imposed decisions and dead- lines. “It’s entirely possible that tighter emissions standards and other rules will have a multibillion-dollar impact on the cost of doing business for electric co-ops,” says Kirk John- son, NRECA senior vice presi- dent of government relations.


Combating rising costs In May, thousands of co-op leaders traveled to Washing- ton, D.C., to call for more cer- tainty on how electricity gen- eration will be regulated. “Co-ops need Congress’ help to break out of the planning gridlock and set the rules for power generation today and in decades to come,” stresses English. “Not knowing the rules is costing us valuable time and delaying critical deci- sions. Until the government pro vides more certainty, elec- tric cooperatives, along with the rest of the utility industry, are hamstrung in making in- formed decisions to provide generation and reliable power for our future.” Following orders and dead- lines set by court orders, the EPA in recent years has begun issuing regulatory proposals that will affect power plants. However, what the final regu- lations will look like remains unclear. “Rest assured, local electric


co-ops are working together to keep your electric bills afford- able,” says Oklahoma Associa- tion of Electric Cooperatives Gen eral Manager, Chris Mey- ers. “We’re controlling costs through innovation. No matter what government mandates come our way, we’ll continue to put our members first.” OL


Magen Howard writes on con- sumer and cooperative affairs for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, the Arlington, Va.–based service arm of the nation’s 900-plus consumer- owned, not-for-profit electric cooperatives. Megan McKoy-Noe, CCC, contributed to this article.


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