Basin Electric, North Dakota rally energy states this week to influence carbon rule

(From left): Senior Legislative Representative Dale Niezwaag, Mike Eggl, senior vice president of Communications and Administration, and Senior Legislative Representative Steve Tomac discuss North Dakota's leading role in developing an energy states coalition.

(From left): Senior Legislative Representative Dale Niezwaag, Mike Eggl, senior vice president of Communications and Administration, and Senior Legislative Representative Steve Tomac discuss North Dakota’s leading role in developing an energy states coalition.

When clouds of adversity overshadow the well-being of those at the end of the line, allies unite to weather the storm.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is developing regulations for existing power plants that are creating turbulence for rural electric utilities and those they serve.

In an effort to establish a voice that will influence impending carbon regulations, highlighted in Section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, North Dakota and Basin Electric are taking a lead role in bringing energy states together before EPA’s proposed rule comes out in June 2014.

An energy-producing states summit is scheduled for April 16-17 at Bismarck (ND) State College’s National Energy Center of Excellence. Follow updates in the News Center on Basin Electric’s website.

Section 111(d) addresses greenhouse gas standards for existing fossil fuel-based power plants and petroleum refineries. Following this year’s proposed rule, a final rule is scheduled to be published in June 2015, with states required to provide a plan to meet EPA’s expectations by June 2016.

EPA has left little time for North Dakota and other states to develop a State Implementation Plan (SIP) in the wake of a proposed rule. The EPA has already proposed a rule to regulate greenhouse gases for new power plants, represented in Section 111(b).

Read the entire story, Power in numbers: Basin Electric, North Dakota rally energy states to influence carbon rule, in the March-April 2014 Basin Today.

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