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

On June 2, 2014 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposal to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing coal-based and natural gas-based power plants.

The rules propose specific targets for each state. Arizona’s standard is one of the most stringent in the country in terms of percentage of CO2 emissions reductions.

In establishing the target for Arizona, EPA assumes that 100% of coal generation will stop.  While Arizona’s coal generation reduction goal is 100%, states such as Kentucky and West Virginia produce three times more energy using coal and yet their reduction goals are 1% and 0% respectively.

Scroll to the bottom of this page to see a state-by-state chart of coal generation and reduction percentage.

The impact

We believe the rules proposed by EPA will result in significant rate increases impacting electric cooperative members. Closure of coal generation facilities will result in replacing coal-based energy with other more costly resources.

In addition to the impact of higher energy costs for residential members, Arizona will lose the ability to provide an attractive and competitive business environment because of the lack of affordable energy.

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Electric cooperatives strongly oppose this shift and believe the proposed rules should be withdrawn.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 the use of natural gas for new electricity generation. This action forced utilities including Mohave’s major power supplier, Arizona Electric Power Cooperative (AEPCO), to rely more heavily on coal to generate affordable and reliable electricity.

Nine years later Congress finally repealed its mistake.

We followed the law then constructing power plants. Members can’t afford for us to switch again with so much investment on the line, including millions of dollars already invested for upgrades to control emissions.

EPA can’t ignore the remaining useful life of coal plants or the payments of outstanding loans on these facilities.

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.

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