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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued proposed regulations putting unrealistic limits on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal plants.

Electric Cooperatives rely on a diverse mix of generation to keep power affordable and reliable. These new regulations target coal-fired power plants, which account for 70 percent of the electricity used by electric cooperative members in Missouri. Coal is also the least expensive option for generating electricity and has been since the 1970s. When these units were built, they were equipped with the best available technology for emission reduction. Since 1994, more than $1.1 billion more was spent to reduce emissions.

  • The proposed rules will increase the cost of electricity. A 2012 Congressional report states by as much as 75%.
  • These regulations are reported to require technology that's not commercially viable and prohibitively expensive.
Please join our effort and tell EPA we need a diverse fuel mix including renewables, natural gas, nuclear and coal to generate electricity to meet the energy needs of the future and ensure affordable rates. Visit Action.coop today to let your voice be heard or click the icon above.


 

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