The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan means big changes for coal-fired power plants throughout the country and more expensive energy costs for consumers. Attorney Terry Jarrett is a former member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners and says the EPA expects all states to cut carbon emissions by 32% by 2030 but that is just an average.
Jarrett says, “Each state has its own targets. States in the Midwest are especially hard hit and are above the average in having to cut emissions. Nebraska has to cut emissions by 40%.”
Jarrett says the final rule is not final but several states are already fighting back. He says several indicated they will not participate in this plan and will sue. He says Nebraska officials have expressed concern about this plan.
Jarrett says, “Your utility bills will go up. I have seen studies for Nebraska that show that it can go up as much as 30% because of this power plan. This will be a real drain on our economy. Manufacturers especially that run on very tight profit margins in the Midwest will be looking at moving their operations overseas.” He says this will also have a negative impact on the railroad and mining industries in our country.
China, India and Asia continue to build new coal-fired plants. Jarrett says China is putting a new coal plant on-line every 7 to 10 days and those do not use the same environmental controls that we use here. He says the coal plants in the United States are the cleanest in the world.