Buckeye Power welcomed last night’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to halt implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan.
“We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized what has been obvious to electric cooperatives — that the U.S. EPA has greatly exceeded its authority in its rules to reduce carbon dioxide and that the EPA’s plan, if allowed to go forward, would harm electric co-op consumers,” said Pat O’Loughlin, president and CEO of Buckeye Power, the wholesale power provider for Ohio’s member-owned, not-for-profit electric distribution cooperatives. “Our power generation across the United States is cleaner than it has ever been and will continue to get cleaner without the EPA’s regulations. We look forward to a more permanent solution to the EPA’s regulatory overreach as the legal process moves forward.”
Had the stay not been granted, electric co-ops would have been forced to take costly and irreversible steps to comply with the rule, which co-ops contend is outside the scope of the EPA’s regulatory authority and would achieve little to no environmental benefit while increasing the cost of electricity.
Last fall, Buckeye Power joined the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and 36 other generation and transmission cooperatives in petitioning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review and ultimately reject the Clean Power Plan. A decision in this case may come later this year or early 2017.
Buckeye Power is a member-owned generation and transmission cooperative supplying power to the 25 electric distribution cooperatives serving Ohio. The cooperatives’ certified service territory covers nearly 40 percent of the land area in the state and encompasses 77 of Ohio’s 88 counties. The cooperatives serve more than 380,000 homes, farms, businesses and industries.