Co-ops: Clean Power Plan Will Raise Bills, Hurt Economy

(ARLINGTON, VA) — Debbie Wing, director of media relations at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), released the following statement on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan, which is expected to be published in tomorrow’s Federal Register.

“The EPA’s overreach will have a severe and adverse impact on millions of Americans and businesses across the country through higher electricity bills that will drag down the economy. The forced shut down of co-op power plants before their financial obligations are met means co-op member-owners will be paying twice for their electricity: once for the shuttered plant and again for power from somewhere else.”

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association is the national service organization that represents the nation’s more than 900 private, not-for-profit, consumer-owned electric cooperatives, which provide service to 42 million people in 47 states.