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October 2014


Volume 61


Number 9


EPA Regulation Could Drive Up Electricity Cost Every day we rely on


electricity. We depend on the refrigerator to keep our food fresh, air conditioning and heating to keep us comfortable and, of course, lights on a daily basis. We also depend on electricity to re-charge our electronics. Whether it’s a phone to keep in touch with relatives, a tablet for students’ homework or the laptop on which we stream movies, these devices all have become integral to our daily life and survival. At work, we rely on electricity to power our computers, phones, lights and productivity. Without this consistent, reliable and affordable power source, businesses would relocate, jobs would be lost and prices of goods and services would increase. That’s why Southwest Rural Electric Cooperative is concerned about the latest regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This round of rules impacts the power plants on which we rely every day. The long-term effect of the EPA’s regulations will be to close or limit all coal-fired electrical generation plants. As a not-for-profit, member-owned electric utility, we strive to provide the most affordable and reliable electricity possible to our members. That’s why SWRE is a member of Western Farmers Electric Cooperative (WFEC), our generation provider.


Owning our own, independent plants has allowed SWRE and WFEC to keep


adversely and dispropor- tionately affects electric cooperatives. That’s why we are telling the EPA that this regulation does not work for us.


Many of you may have taken action opposing the previous regulations that affected new power plants. Today we ask you once again, please join us. If you have not already done so, please visit www.Action.coop and tell the EPA you cannot afford these new regulations. Your voice was heard last time. The EPA took note of electric coopera- tives and our collective voice. That’s why we’re asking you to take action again. The EPA needs to under- stand the impact that these regulations have on the people at the end of the power lines. Electric cooperative members are uniquely situated to help the EPA understand that these regulations will cost Americans more money.


costs affordable and prevented us from relying on other, profit-driven institu- tions.


However, these new regulations could endanger that. Electric cooperatives are small businesses. We’re not large utilities with several different power plants operating with a variety of fuel sources. We built capacity for the demand required. But the way the new rules are written, we might have to close our power plants and lose our indepen- dence.


The EPA chose a regulation that These regulations will cost Americans


jobs. These regulations will not work for rural Americans.


Please, ask your friends and neigh- bors to join with us. Ask them to visit www.Action.coop and tell the EPA that Americans cannot afford more regula- tion. We can balance environmental needs with affordability and reliability. America needs a healthy economy. America needs jobs. America needs manufacturing. And affordable, reliable electricity is the linchpin to these vital assets.


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