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Washington, D.C. – The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity blasted misleading claims the Environmental Protection Agency recently made about being “closely in contact” with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on the agency’s proposed carbon regulations for existing power plants.

 

EPA’s Associate Administrator for the Office of Policy Joel Beauvais made the exaggerated claims about the inter-agency collaboration between EPA and FERC during the rulemaking process at an event on Tuesday, October 28. Speaking at a U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing in July of this year, FERC Commissioner Philip D. Moeller painted a vastly different perspective on the collaboration between EPA and FERC with regards to the proposed standards.

 

During the Tuesday event, Beauvais also questioned information in studies highlighting the negative economic impacts of EPA’s proposed regulations. Newly released analysis from NERA Economic Consulting, however, shows double-digit electricity price increases and compliance costs totaling $366 billion or more.

 

“EPA’s proposed carbon regulations will put our electric grid on life support and saddle American consumers with skyrocketing energy costs. It’s not the least bit surprising that EPA is downplaying the alarming consequences of its proposal, while misleading about its collaboration with FERC, the regulatory body whose authority has been usurped and expertise ignored,” said Laura Sheehan, senior vice president for communications at ACCCE. “The Clean Power Plan is legally unsound, politically driven and tremendously costly, and it sets a precedent that...

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