By mid-December, the EPA is planning to enact the Utility MACT rule, which would place unnecessary burden on America’s economic recovery. This week, Behind the Plug will feature five facts about the Utility MACT rule that show the EPA needs to slow down and assess these regulations before they’re enacted. Share this post on Facebook by clicking “Like” above.
The EPA’s proposed Utility MACT rule is, simply put, the most expensive rule that EPA has ever written for coal-fueled power plants.
By the EPA’s own analysis, Utility MACT will cost $11.4 billion in 2015—making it more expensive than the Acid Rain Program from 1990, which cost $3.75 billion in 2010, and the 2005 Clean Air Interstate Rule, with a cost of $4.6 billion in 2015.
Together with three other EPA regulations, National Economic Research Associates found, the Utility MACT Rule would cost electricity producers $21 billion annually from 2012 to 2020. Additionally, an average of 183,000 American jobs could be lost per year, and electricity rates could increase by double digits in many regions of the U.S.
America’s economy just can’t afford to be buried by regulations right now.
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October is National Energy Awareness Month! The White House created National Energy Awareness Month to reinforce just how important energy is to the United States. To celebrate, Behind the Plug will feature a series about energy in America. Read part 1, part 2 and part 3.
National Energy Awareness Month is coming to a close, and we’ve spent time this month thinking and talking about energy in America. We’ve shared where energy in the U.S. comes from (nearly half from coal), some key terms about energy policy and about how we meet the increasing demand for more electricity using clean coal technologies.
As we’ve said in the past, we need many sources of energy production to meet our country’s growing demand for electricity, but America still relies on coal’s always available baseload power. Coal is able to meet the country’s constant need for electricity and that’s important for places like hospitals and data centers that all rely on the dependable, stable electricity that coal provides.
The U.S. has more coal reserves than any other country in the world—nearly 272 billion tons of coal. The country uses about 1.1 billion tons annually, and at this rate, America’s coal reserves will last nearly 250 years. The future of American electricity is bright with coal.
Throughout the other months of the year, when you’re waiting for your coffee to brew or warming up by a heater, keep in mind where the majority of our electricity comes from: America gets more electricity from coal than from any other source.
America’s Power Tour recently took us to Peabody Energy in St. Louis, where we caught up with Morry Davis, the Director of Government Relations for Peabody Energy. Davis spoke with us about the impacts proposed EPA regulations would have on Missourians, and described the balance between the recovering economy and the environment.
With more than 80 percent of its electricity coming from coal, Missouri would be heavily impacted by proposed EPA regulations. If these regulations are enacted, Missouri could lose 76,000 jobs, and electricity rates could increase by 23.1 percent, according to a study from the National Economic Research Associates.
“Primarily people want to see job creation…they’re also concerned about the environment, but everything has to be in balance,” says Davis.
The EPA has not assessed the impact that all of these regulations would have on small businesses and families across the country. And those are exactly who will be impacted the most in Missouri – the families and small businesses.
“Economic recovery is a primary issue, but that shouldn’t come at the expense of environmental progress. There’s ways to do both, you just have to have well crafted policies,” says Davis. “[People are] asking elected officials as well as EPA and the current administration to take that into account when trying to put these rules into place.”
Evan Tracey Senior Vice President for Communications
Evan is Senior Vice President for Communications, overseeing the strategy on how to communicate the importance of electricity from coal and the value of investments in clean coal technology. Tracey has served as president of Campaign Media Analysis Group, a Kantar Media company, since he founded the company in 1997. He has two decades of political, legislative and issue research experience and has provided strategic media analysis for a number of trade associations, foundations, Fortune 500 companies, political party committees, the national press, academic institutions, as well as hundreds of national, statewide and local political campaigns. He received a M.A. from George Mason University and a B.A. from West Virginia Wesleyan College. Tracey lives with his wife and 3 children in Virginia.
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Lisa Camooso Miller Vice President
Lisa Camooso Miller is ACCCE's vice president for media relations. She oversees ACCCE's earned media implementation and strategic planning and appears regularly in print, radio and on national television. For more than 15 years, Lisa has been a notable communications leader in public affairs, holding key positions in local, state and federal government, political campaigns and committees, as well as advocacy organizations. She is a native of Wayside, New Jersey, and holds an M.A. in corporate and public communications from Monmouth University, and a B.A. in communications from The College of New Jersey. Lisa and her husband Jason have two children and live in Northern Virginia.
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Bianca Prade Vice President
Bianca Prade is ACCCE's vice president of digital strategy, and leads new and traditional media strategies to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of coal-based electricity. She has more than a decade of communications and marketing experience, launching and maintaining interactive Web content for major corporations, trade associations and government agencies. Bianca lives with her husband and two children in Northern Virginia. She graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland at College Park and an M.A. in interactive communications from American University.
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Steve Gates Director
Steve Gates, as ACCCE’s national communications director, helps direct the industry’s national media campaigns and digital communications efforts. He has more than 15 years of media relations experience in a variety of settings including Capitol Hill press secretary, as well as directing media and outreach programs for international trade associations, the Fortune 200 and federal government programs. Steve lives with his wife, a coal miner’s daughter, and three children in Omaha, Nebraska. Steve graduated with a B.S. in political science from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and an M.A. in public communications from American University in Washington, D.C.
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