Archive for November, 2011

Utility MACT Means Cutbacks for Americans

Last week, we shared five facts about Utility MACT, and explored the different impacts this rule could have across the country. But here’s one simple fact that you probably didn’t know: Utility MACT, along with three other EPA regulations, could cost Americans, on average, $270 every year through 2020.

Check out this video about Amanda and her family, and see how EPA regulations could lead to higher electrical bills. Whether it’s through higher electric bills at the office or in our homes, these regulations are going to cost Americans money.

Write your legislator and tell them that you’re opposed to these regulations, because the last thing American families need are hard-hitting regulations that would set back our economic recovery.

Keep in mind that $270 makes a big difference to hardworking American families trying to get back on their feet. And as the video mentions, that money could be used to buy 183 loaves of bread or 72 gallons of milk that could help feed a family.

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MACT Fact #5: Utility MACT is Hard on States

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. You can take a stand on Utility MACT. Write your legislator here. Read facts #1#2,  #3 and #4.

Twenty-five states have already indicated that the proposed Utility MACT rule could be harmful to their economies.

States with both Democrat and Republican governors filed a motion with the U.S. District Court to delay the Utility MACT rule’s finalization. States are concerned that the EPA is making a rash decision and is not fully considering how increasing electricity prices and threatening reliable electricity would impact the states’ economies and recovery.

Write your elected official and let them know that you support these states in delaying the Utility MACT rule.

With higher compliance costs, higher electricity rates are a real possibility for many states. In some states, electricity rates could increase by double digits. Regions covering all or part of 30 states plus the District Columbia will experience increases exceeding 10 percent, with some as high as 19 percent.

This is just simply not something that half the country’s states and their residents can afford.

The clock is ticking. There are only 42 days until Utility MACT is finalized. Write your congressman, the EPA must make major changes to this rule before it’s too late.


MACT Fact #4: Utility MACT is Harmful to the National Economy

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. You can take a stand on Utility MACT. Write your legislator here. Read facts #1, #2 and #3.

With our country still recovery from an economic recession, now is not the time to enact proposed EPA regulations that would stifle economic growth. The Utility MACT rule, along with three other EPA regulations, would destroy jobs, raise energy prices, and could threaten the reliability of our electricity.

Not only will 183,000 jobs be lost annually, the Utility MACT rule could prematurely retire 39.1 gigawatts of coal-fueled power plants. Rushing these plants into retirement could threaten the reliability of electricity and increase the risk of blackouts.

If these regulations are enacted, it could cost the energy sector $127 billion from 2012-2020 to replace the lost capacity of these prematurely retired plants. That’s a hard hit for the energy sector in a tough economy—and could lead to a $270 less in the average American’s pocket every year.

The combination of job loss, increased electricity prices and unreliable electricity would hamper our nation’s recovery.

Find out more about the Utility MACT rule by watching this short video about how the average American family would be impacted. Then write your legislator and tell him or her that the EPA needs to make major changes to this rule.


MACT Fact #3: The EPA has Ignored Negative Effects of Utility MACT

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. You can take a stand on Utility MACT. Write your legislator here.

Not only is the proposed Utility MACT rule the most expensive regulation for coal-based plants ever. And not only has the EPA ignored current investments in clean coal technologies.

The EPA has stated that the agency did not consider job losses due to higher energy prices caused by the Utility MACT rule. The EPA admits that it doesn’t fully understand the effects of this rule.

Together with three other rules, these regulations could cause thousands of jobs to be lost in the United States.

According to a study by the National Economic Research Associates, higher energy prices from this rule would cause substantial job losses—on average, 183,000 jobs would be lost per year from 2012-2020. Even accounting for job created in some sectors, that’s a total of 1.65 million jobs lost nationwide by 2020.

The EPA simply ignored this during their analysis. We need to make sure the EPA knows the full impact of these regulations before they’re enacted, and the economic impact they’ll have on the United States.

Take a stand on Utility MACT, write your elected official.


MACT Fact #2: Utility MACT Ignores Current Investment

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.

In addition to being expensive, the Utility MACT rule ignores current investment. Coal-fueled power plants have already invested almost $100 billion to significantly reduce emissions without new EPA rules, and will invest $125 billion through 2015 to reduce emissions.

In the last 40 years, investments have lead to the following:

  • Reduced emissions of three major air pollutants (sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter) by 84 percent per unit of electricity generated
  • Hydrogen chloride emissions will be reduced by more than 80 percent in 2015
  • Mercury emissions being reduced by more than 60 percent

Coal-fueled power plants did all of this without Utility MACT. To find out more about Utility MACT, visit www.MACTfacts.org.