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NRECA Sues EPA over New Power Plant Rule

On Thursday, NRECA filed suit in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit against the EPA over its newly released power plant rule that requires sweeping reductions in carbon emissions from existing coal-fired power plants and new natural gas plants. NRECA asserts the new rule is unlawful and unreasonable, posing an immediate threat to the American electric grid and forcing a...

NRECA Opposes EPA Power Plant Emissions Proposal

NRECA submitted written comments to EPA on August 8, opposing the agency’s rules regulating plant emissions. CEO Jim Matheson articulated that organization believes the rules are “unrealistic, unachievable, and will reduce key generating resources just as Americans are increasing their reliance on electricity.”

SCOTUS Rules EPA Lacks the Authority to Cap Existing Power Plants’ CO2

On Thursday, June 30, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) concluded that the Clean Power Plan’s limitation of carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants falls outside of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority. The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association supported an amicus brief filed by cooperatives with the Supreme Court...

NRECA Files Comments in Support of EPA Proposed Coal Plant Emissions Rule

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and other lobbying groups representing electric utilities recently filed comments in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule, endorsing looser pollution standards for coal-fired power plant generators. The EPA hopes to finalize the ACE rule by March 2019.

ACE Rule the ‘Best Path Forward’ for Electric Cooperatives

On October 1, 2018, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) CEO Jim Matheson testified in support of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. “The proposed ACE rule provides crucial flexibility so electric coops can respond to market conditions, technologies and industry changes at the same time they continue to contribute to...

How Clean Power Plan Replacement Affects Coops

The Environmental Protection Agency has unveiled its proposal to replace the Clean Power Plan with a more flexible rule governing carbon dioxide emissions that is expected to reduce compliance costs for coal-based generation. This proposal is known as the Affordable Clean Energy rule, and it should provide cooperatives with the certainty and flexibility needed to meet their...

EPA Announces Repeal of Clean Power Plan

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced his intention to roll back the Clean Power Plan. Several environmental groups and states plan to challenge the proposed repeal in federal court.

Environmentalists Urge D.C. Circuit to Decide Clean Power Plan Case

This past Thursday, August 3, 2017, certain environmental groups urged the D.C. Circuit to either decide the validity of the Clean Power Plan on its merits or terminate the case by remanding the case to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The environmental groups’ request stems from the D.C. Circuit’s decision in April to grant the EPA’s motion for a 60-day stay of the...

NRECA Submits Comments to EPA Regarding Air, Waste, and Water Issues

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding opportunities to reduce the regulatory burden from certain regulations under Executive Order 13777, which directs the heads of federal agencies to seek input from entities significantly affected by Federal regulations.  NRECA commented on various (i)...

D.C. Circuit Pauses Litigation Over Clean Power Plan

On Friday, the D.C. Circuit granted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stay request regarding the Clean Power Plan and ordered the parties to file briefs by May 15 on whether the cases should be remanded to the EPA or just kept on hold.  Since President Trump’s executive order last month regarding “energy independence,” the EPA has asked for additional time to review the...

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