With 2011 coming to a close, it’s time to look back to the many places and people we visited this year. Over the year, the America’s Power Tour really showed us how coal and the people who produce coal-based electricity keep America strong.
Along the way, we spoke to many small business owners and elected officials who understand the need for the reliable and affordable electricity that coal provides.
Lindenwood University, St. Charles, Missouri: At Lindenwood, we spoke to Senior Economic Fellow Kenneth Chilton about the economic impacts of proposed EPA regulations, and discussed the close relationship between the environment and energy.
Kirkwood Inn, Kirkwood, Missouri: In Kirkwood, we met Cynthia Brasseur, Best Western general manager. She told us about the impact that increased electricity rates would have on businesses in the Missouri tourism industry.
Orrville, Ohio: Home to Smucker’s, Orville is also home to its own coal-fueled plant. Mayor David Handwerk discussed the importance of stable electricity rates in the town.
WASHINGTON – Late last week, EPA finalized the Utility MACT (“Maximum Achievable Control Technology”) rule for coal-fueled power plants. In response, President and CEO of the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, Steve Miller, released the following statement:
“The EPA is out of touch with the hard reality facing American families and businesses. This latest rule will destroy jobs, raise the cost of energy and could even make electricity less reliable.
“Coal helps make electricity affordable for families and businesses. Unfortunately, this new rule is likely to be the most expensive rule ever imposed on coal-fueled power plants which are responsible for providing affordable electricity. We will study the new rule carefully. If this final rule is as bad as the one EPA proposed earlier, Congress will need to step in. People’s jobs, their family budgets and their access to affordable electricity are at stake.”
An analysis for ACCCE by National Economic Research Associates (NERA) found that the proposed Utility MACT rule and other pending EPA regulations would destroy an average of 183,000 jobs every year from 2012- 2020 and increase electricity and other energy prices by $170 billion. The NERA analysis also found that the average American household would have $270 less to spend each year because of new EPA regulations. According to EPA’s own analysis, the Utility MACT regulation could cost more than $100 billion.
The time is now. It’s time to speak up and tell the EPA to slow down on their proposed Utility MACT rule.
Tomorrow, the EPA expected to rush through and finalize this rule which, if enacted with other regulations, will cost 1.65 million jobs through 2020. Electricity producers would lose $21 billion annually from 2012 to 2020. Utility MACT alone is the most expensive rule ever written for power plants.
The EPA has been in such a rush, as described in a recent article in Politico Pro [subscription required], that they “may have discounted Energy Department concerns about how its … rule for power plants could affect power grid reliability,” according to emails from experts at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
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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