With 2012 winding down, we’re revisiting some of the hardworking Americans we spoke with throughout the year about the importance of affordable electricity.
Todd Westby and Maria Tworek are two small business owners in Omaha, Nebraska. While one operates a specialty food business and the other runs a family-owned sports bar, both two are largely impacted by the cost of energy in their state. They’re concerned about rising energy prices.
“We see outside pressures from a cost perspective…At some point, we have to pass costs on to customers, and when that happens, we have that concern that customers aren’t going to buy anymore,” says Todd.
In a state where more than 70 percent of electricity comes from coal, Todd and Maria’s energy bills will be largely impacted by EPA regulations coming down the pike. It’s not just Nebraska, either. States across the country will feel thenegative impact of these regulations, causing rates to increase by double digits in some instances.
“There are solutions out there,” says Maria. “Something needs to be done, and something needs to be done fairly quickly.”