TELL THEM WE CAN'T AFFORD HIGHER ELECTRIC BILLS

Please join our effort www.Action.coop and tell EPA and Congress to reconsider its approach and to work with electric cooperatives to find a common sense solution that balances energy needs and environmental concerns. Tell them we can’t afford higher electric bills.

We ask you to share this information with your friends and family. Ask them to visit www.Action.coop to learn more and send their message to EPA.

Join the thousands of Americans who want common-sense, affordable energy policies.

The issue

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued new proposed rules limiting the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from any new coal-based and natural gas-based power plants.

These rules are so strict that they can’t be met with existing technologies, therefore ensuring that no new plants using these fuels can ever be built.

The EPA says plants can only be built using an experimental technology called “carbon capture and sequestration” or CCS. This technology has never been used in large scale power plant operations and its effectiveness and cost is not known.

What about existing coal and natural gas plants?

The EPA has said it plans to announce CO2 limits on existing plants in 2014, and those rules would affect the plant that produces the power that MEC purchases from Arizona Electric Power Cooperative….the same power that MEC delivers to your home or business.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates CCS technology would increase the cost of generating electricity by 75 percent.

Administration shifts its approach

The Administration has changed its energy strategy from one that embraced all forms of power generation to a strategy that would forfeit the use of an abundant and affordable energy supply that is supplied domestically.

Electric cooperatives strongly oppose this shift and believe the proposed rules should be withdrawn. Co-ops support using a diverse fuel mix including renewable, natural gas, nuclear, and coal to generate electricity, and support using energy efficiency to use that energy wisely and keep costs affordable.

History Repeats

We cannot forget that the U.S. Government implemented a similar approach in the late 1970’s when they banned they use of natural gas for new electricity generation. This action forced utilities to rely more heavily on coal and nuclear to generate affordable and reliable electricity. Nine years later Congress finally repealed its mistake.

It appears that we are on a road to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Your support is needed now

Please join our effort www.Action.coop and tell EPA and Congress to reconsider its approach and to work with electric cooperatives to find a common sense solution that balances energy needs and environmental concerns. Tell them we can’t afford higher electric bills.

We ask you to share this information with your friends and family. Ask them to visit www.Action.coop to learn more and send their message to EPA.

Join the thousands of Americans who want common-sense, affordable energy policies.

To view CEO Tyler Carlson's interview on TV2 discussing the Town Hall Meeting, click here

 

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