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EPA Rule Sets Power Plant Emissions For Each State


Public comment period invites co-op members to voice their opinion to national leaders


plants on June 2. Electric cooperatives across the country plan to present their views about the agency’s June 2 proposal at four public hearings next month.


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The EPA’s rule sets individual carbon dioxide limits for each state to achieve by reducing emissions from fossil generation. Each state will has an emissions target, which could differ from state to state depending on its mix of resources as of 2012.


EPA requires the states to have their implementation plans ready in one to three years, depending on circumstances and the form of the state plan. Multistate plans will be allowed more time for development.


"Because the impact of the rule will depend a great deal on how it is implemented at the state level, it is impossible to predict how this could affect our power costs," said Jim Jackson, Kiamichi Electric CEO. "What we do know is it doesn’t look good."


The rule is expected to be finalized next summer with compliance required between 2020 and 2030.


he Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued its ruling on emissions from existing power


The agency is allowing an unusually lengthy public comment period of 120 days for the contentious 645-page rule—a move urged by co-op members visiting Congress during the NRECA Legislative Conference in May.


During this public comment period, Kiamichi Electric and other co-ops are urging members to add their comments to a national letter writing campaign to leaders in Washington, DC, asking the EPA to reconsider its regulations on existing power plants. The effort is being coordinated by the Cooperative Action Network website, Action.coop.


Thus far, over 500,000 co-op members from across the U.S. have joined the effort by sending letters and email messages to EPA and elected officials.


Kiamichi Electric members are encouraged to chime in on the issue by visiting Action.coop. "A large percentage of the power we deliver comes from coal- fired generation," said Jackson. "We can't stress enough how important it is for our members to help us advocate for keeping coal, which is a low cost, resource, in the mix of generating fuels."


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and programs to help members control usage and costs are also in the works, Jackson said. "Our goal is to minimize possible increases by maximizing the services that will help our members save," he said.


"The reality is, costs are likely to rise, technology and infrastructure upgrades will be necessary, and usage will continue to go up. But they can remain stable longer if we all take steps to conserve energy," he added. "Every kilowatt-hour that we save is one we don't have to buy and deliver."


With uncertainty ahead for utilities, Jackson assured co-op members that KEC will continue to make the investments necessary to improve reliability, operations and efficiency. With a staff of a less than one employee per 400 members, the co-op is already experienced at doing more with less, he pointed out.


"Our mission is to provide reliable, affordable power while protecting the sound financial standing that allows us to operate. That will continue to drive our every decision today, and in the future," he said.


More details on Kiamichi Electric's energy saving programs for members are found online at www.kiamichielectric.org, or call your co-op at 800-888-2731.


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