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CONTACT: Patrick Higgins
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives (OEC) announced today that it supports the efforts of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt to repeal the mandates of the Clean Power Plan.
“Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives fully supports the EPA’s proposal to rescind the Clean Power Plan, in favor of a collaborative, common-sense approach that maintains the delivery of clean, safe, reliable, and affordable electricity,” said Patrick O’Loughlin, president and CEO of Columbus-based Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives, the statewide association that serves the state’s 24 not-for-profit electric cooperatives, and their corresponding one million consumers.
“The Clean Power Plan is an overreach of federal authority, and hampers the ability of electric utilities to reliably, and affordably, generate and distribute power to customers. As vital, engaged, and contributing members of the rural communities that we serve throughout the Buckeye State, Ohio’s 24 electric cooperatives are committed to responsible, practical, and flexible regulations that help to lower emissions, while recognizing the tenets of the Clean Air Act,” O’Loughlin stated.
As the EPA develops a new approach to regulating carbon dioxide, O’Loughlin emphasized that the revised structure must:
- Be consistent with EPA’s decades-long practice that technological or operational performance standards can be implemented at the source itself
- Protect reliability of energy supply to consumers and businesses
- Minimize undue economic impact for consumers, and
- Provide electric cooperatives with long-term regulatory clarity and certainty.
Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives has invested $1.2 billion of emissions control systems at its Brilliant, Ohio-based Cardinal Generating Plant, the primary source of power generation for Ohio’s electric cooperative network, which is considered one of the most environmentally friendly coal-fired power plants on the globe.