FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2015
Contact: Lawrence Pacheco
Washington, D.C. — The Large Public Power Council (LPPC) released the following statement from President John Di Stasio today regarding the final rule on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan:
“The final rule for the Clean Power Plan released by EPA today is expected to result in a 32 percent reduction of carbon dioxide from existing coal, oil, and gas electric generating units by 2030 compared to 2005 emissions. Power sector emissions are already 15 percent lower than in 2005. During this transition and implementation process, we urge the EPA to ensure that reliability and affordability are not compromised. We are encouraged by the two-year extension for the start of mandatory reductions; it is essential that states and utilities have enough time and flexibility to comply with the rule. Additionally, we are pleased EPA removed under-construction nuclear from state target calculations.
“During the rulemaking process, LPPC advocated for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) to review the State Implementation Plans (SIPs) with respect to potential impacts to grid reliability and report on their findings to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). This would allow any areas of concern to be highlighted and for the EPA to allow additional time for compliance. Maintaining reliability of the electric grid and allowing for the most cost-effective implementation of the rule are our highest priorities. We are disappointed the final rule does not include this assurance mechanism, but encouraged that EPA recognized the importance of this issue with its release of the EPA-DOE-FERC Coordination on Implementation of the Clean Power Plan document.
“The nation is managing an increasingly diverse generation resource portfolio. It is essential for federal agencies and utilities to work together to protect the security and reliability of the electric grid. LPPC members continue to work to provide clean energy at a reasonable cost to our customers. We hope we can work together with the EPA to find paths to ensure that investments in clean-energy infrastructure don’t sacrifice the affordable and reliable electricity we currently provide to customers. As states develop their plans to implement emission reduction requirements, the EPA should continue to work closely with FERC and NERC to provide the necessary reliability review. LPPC is continuing to evaluate the rule and its implications.”
LPPC represents 25 of the largest locally governed and operated not-for-profit electric systems in the United States. Our member utilities are located in 13 states and Puerto Rico and own and operate more than 71,000 megawatts of generation capacity and more than 30,000 circuit miles of high voltage transmission lines. LPPC member utilities supply electricity to some of the largest cities in the country including Los Angeles, Seattle, Omaha, Phoenix, Sacramento, Jacksonville, San Antonio, Orlando and Austin.