Energy Stakeholders Contest EPA Power Regulations

By:  Rebecca Terrell
Energy Stakeholders Contest EPA Power Regulations

Energy industry leaders plan the Southeast Powering Our Future Forum in reaction to Barack Obama's Climate Action Plan, unveiled Friday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which imposes strict limits to emissions of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide by future power plants.

The Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) is taking a stand for electricity consumers in the face of President Barack Obama's new Climate Action Plan. On Friday his Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced extreme limits to so-called greenhouse gas emissions on future power plants, targeting coal-fired plants for their release of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

CEA is hosting a nationwide series of events providing affected stakeholders a platform to respond to "EPA's proposed regulations and the potential impact of the Obama Administration's climate change initiative on consumers and electricity generation."

The first of CEA's events will be the Southeast Powering Our Future Forum in Nashville on September 25. It will feature a keynote address by U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) as well as panel discussions involving representatives from public and private sectors including the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the National Mining Association, the Virginia Manufacturers Association, and many other utilities and manufacturers, as well as elected officials.

Electricity producers and consumers will discuss the impact of Obama's regulations on future competitiveness of the southeast region of the United States. CEA considers economic growth inextricably linked to affordable power and believes the Obama administration's climate change initiative could have long-lasting negative impacts.

"Nearly every stakeholder I speak with in the region, including both producers and consumers, has the same three questions — what will these new regulations from D.C. look like, how will they affect my bottom line, and what can we do?" said Adam Waldeck, executive director of CEA Southeast. "The first step to answering those questions is getting everyone in the same room."

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