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.