Page by Page: Basin Electric tackles 111(d) rule

(From left) Basin Electric's Mike Eggl and Senior Legislative Representatives Dale Niezwaag and Steve Tomac continue to study the extensive details in EPA's proposed 111(d) rule on carbon regulation for existing power plants.

(From left) Basin Electric’s Mike Eggl and Senior Legislative Representatives Dale Niezwaag and Steve Tomac continue to study the extensive details in EPA’s proposed 111(d) rule on carbon regulation for existing power plants.

On June 2, the U.S. energy industry shifted its gaze. Utilities from around the nation came face-to-face with a 648-page document that threatens the future of affordable, accessible and reliable electricity – a future made possible with coal.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed carbon rule for existing coal plants, calling for a 30-percent emissions cut by 2030.

This week, the agency held listening sessions across the country. Basin Electric staff participated in the sessions in Washington, DC, and Denver, CO. Read more: Basin Electric addresses existing plant rules at EPA listening sessions

You can also see a snapshot of the social media conversation focused on the hearings here: A social media report on this week’s EPA hearings

And in South Dakota, the Public Utilities Commission held a hearing on 111(d) on July 31, in which about 100 people, including electric cooperative members, attended. The Twitter account, @SDCoopPower, live-tweeted the event. Read through their timeline for details.

A final rule is scheduled to be in place June 2015, with many states being required to provide a plan to meet EPA’s expectations by June 2016.

The clock is ticking, and the recently created Energy-Producing States Coalition continues to review the proposed rule, seeking common sense solutions that won’t leave anyone in the dark.

Read the entire story, Page by Page: Basin Electric tackles 111(d) rule, in the July – August 2014 issue of Basin Today.

 

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