Clean Power Plan: More harm than good

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule to address carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, called the Clean Power Plan, was released Aug. 3, 2015. It was published in the Federal Register Oct. 23, 2015.

Basin Electric has reviewed the 2,000+ page document and initial reactions are that the rule is plagued by unintended consequences, unproven assumptions and extreme complexity. According to Mike Eggl, senior vice president of Communications & Administration, the differences between the final rule and the previously published proposed rule are extensive.

“The way EPA has shifted focus within the region and the country as a method of CO2 reduction is drastic,” Eggl says. “Take North Dakota for instance. North Dakota had an 11 percent reduction
under the proposed rule. In the final rule, North Dakota is facing a reduction upwards of 45 percent in CO2.”

Read more about EPA’s Clean Power Plan in the September-October issue of Basin Today.

Also, be sure to check out the Clean Power Plan Town Hall, which will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015 prior to the official start of Basin Electric’s 2015 Annual Meeting of the Membership. If you can’t attend in person, you’ll be able to watch live.

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