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Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity today called on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce to pass Representative Ed Whitfield’s (R-KY) “Ratepayer Protection Act.” The legislation will protect consumers from skyrocketing electricity costs and cascading power outages resulting from Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan.

 

“Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee should swiftly pass the ‘The Ratepayer Protection Act’ which seeks to provide states the ability to rein in the EPA and protect consumers from its politicized overreach,” said Mike Duncan, president and CEO of ACCCE. “Policymakers, legislators and elected officials are joining businesses and concerned citizens across the country who are unified in their opposition to EPA’s plan which takes direct aim at reliable, affordable power.”

 

If passed, Rep. Whitfield’s legislation would empower state governments to have final authority in making energy decisions most practical for their unique utility grids and grant reprieves for states to submit implementation plans under the proposed rule. Notably, officials from 28 states have called for the outright withdrawal of the Clean Power Plan citing a number of legal, regulatory and economic concerns.

 

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing earlier this month examining “The Ratepayer Protection Act” and the range of consequences associated with EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Testifying at the hearing was energy economist and attorney Eugene Trisko who presented updated...

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