Make your voice heard on proposed CO2 rule

Letter to EPA opposing the CO2 ruleThe Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent New Source Performance Standard (NSPS) for carbon dioxide (CO2) threatens the future of coal-based energy generation.

The proposed rule sets an emission standard of 1,000 pounds of CO2 per megawatt-hour for new generation facilities. That would essentially make it impossible to construct new coal-based power plants.

It could increasingly hinder future energy production and increase the cost of energy for consumers.

EPA is accepting comments on the rule until June 25, 2012.

Partners for Affordable Energy, a broad-based coalition of organizations and businesses that support coal-based electricity, of which Basin Electric is a member, has a way for the public to tell the EPA its CO2 rule is not the right approach.

Consumers can send a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson expressing opposition to it.

Right now, 42 percent of the electric power supplied in the United States comes from coal-based power plants. With the proposed rule, EPA is forcing utilities to exclude new coal-based power plants from resource plans, which will increase the cost of electricity to consumers.

Send a letter to Administrator Jackson: www.powerofcoal.com/noCO2rule.

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