Ohio’s electric co-ops urge EPA to withdraw greenhouse gas proposal

COLUMBUS, Ohio — With the comment period coming to a close today on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants, Tony Ahern, president and CEO of Ohio Rural Electric Cooperatives and Buckeye Power, made the following statement:

“The EPA’s Clean Power Plan threatens affordable and reliable electricity for Ohio’s electric cooperative members and all Americans. Our analysis finds the regulation would cost the average Ohio electric co-op member $40 to $50 more per month while providing little to no environmental benefit and putting the nation’s electric grid at risk. We also believe there are many legal and technical problems with the plan. Therefore, we have asked the EPA to withdraw this proposal and have urged the agency to consider the impact on consumers any future regulations may have.

“More than 120,000 electric co-op members and supporters in Ohio joined in this effort by sending a comment to the EPA, urging the agency to abandon its foolhardy endeavor to impose these regulations to the detriment of the American consumer.”

Buckeye Power also submitted comments to the EPA, describing in great detail the numerous flaws in their proposal.