The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued a proposed rule capping carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from new coal and natural gas based power plants.  This rule would effectively outlaw coal as a fuel source for new generation, abandoning the Administration’s “all of the above” energy policy and replacing it with an “all but one” energy approach.

 

Take Action Now: Let the EPA know you want a common sense solution

Nebraska Rural Electric Association supports using a diverse fuel mix including renewables, natural gas, nuclear, and coal to generate electricity and keep costs affordable.  The proposed rule fails to acknowledge the importance of a reliable energy supply and is not in the best interest of our country. 

 

Coal plays a vital role in our state’s energy mix.  It is a dispatchable fuel source, available even when the sun is not shining or the wind is not blowing. The proposed EPA rule would require new coal plants to install carbon capture and storage, requiring these plants to sequester C02 emissions deep within the earth.  Unfortunately, this technology is not yet commercially available, is unproven, and would be prohibitively expensive.

 

We are urging the EPA to work with public power districts and electric cooperatives to find a common sense solution that balances energy needs and environmental concerns.  We need your help.  By clicking on this link and taking action now, you can send a message to the EPA asking them to withdraw this proposal rule.  Every voice counts.  Let’s send a strong message from Nebraska to the EPA!

 

TAKE ACTION NOW!

 

Troy Bredenkamp

General Manager

Nebraska Rural Electric Association