EPA administrator: Agency delivering on its promise to replace Clean Power Plan

Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives hosted EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler, above, for a press event promoting the Trump administration’s Affordable Clean Energy rule last week.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler visited Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives on July 19 to promote the Trump administration’s recently-announced Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule.

“We came to Ohio last August to announce our replacement of the Clean Power Plan – and now we’re back to deliver on our promise,” said Wheeler to an audience of cooperative leaders, electric industry peers, and members of the press. “The Clean Power Plan is gone, and the Affordable Clean Energy rule is here to take its place.”

Tom Alban, OEC vice president of power generation, voiced Ohio co-ops’ support of the ACE rule.

“It is our view that ACE marks a return to a reasonable approach to emissions reductions standards,” Alban said. “The Clean Power Plan constituted government overreach and a misapplication of governmental authority, recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court, who stopped its implementation.”

Nick Wagner and Betty Martin, trustees representing North Central Electric Cooperative and Washington Electric Cooperative, respectively, highlighted Ohio co-ops’ investments in environmental compliance and expressed their gratitude for the ACE rule on behalf of the members they represent.

“We’ve invested a lot of money in state-of-the-art technology to make [Cardinal Power Plant] one of the cleanest plants of its kind in the world. And I think co-op members around the state are proud of that. And I’m proud of that. But we can still do better – and this new rule will push us and everyone else to do things the right way,” Wagner said.

“The ACE rule encourages diversity in power generation fuel sources, which means we can breathe easier knowing we don’t have to worry about where our consumer power is coming from,” added Martin.

Attendees also heard words of support for ACE from NRECA President and CEO Jim Matheson and Ohio Coal Association President Mike Cope.

Doug Miller, vice president of statewide services at OEC, signed the Trump administration’s Pledge to America’s Workers, committing OEC to support workforce training and education programs.