An electricity company is asking its customers to protest tougher EPA standards on coal-fired generators.
The Dawson Public Power District, which provides electricity to about one-third of Lincoln County, says “the EPA wants to impose more regulations on existing power plants that will effectively outlaw our coal-fired power plants.”
The Gerald Gentleman coal-fired plant near Sutherland provides most of Nebraska’s electricity. It is the lowest cost coal-fired producer in America, according to an analysis by Platts Power magazine.
At the direction of President Barack Obama, the EPA’s Clean Power Plan seeks to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants 30 percent below 2005 levels by the year 2030.
Power plants are the single largest source of carbon emissions in the U.S., the EPA said.
Gerald Gentleman burns low-sulfur coal from Wyoming, reducing the discharge of sulfur dioxide gases in to the air. GGS also use reverse gas (sonic horn assisted) cleaning baghouses, which remove particulates from exhaust emissions.
The plant covers inactive coal piles with grasses to reduce the blowing of coal dust, according to the Nebraska Public Power District website.
While the greenhouse gas regulations are complex, the outcome is simple: because of the EPA, your electricity prices could increase,” Dawson Public Power says in the email request that is signed by General Manager Gwen Kautz.
Kautz asks people to sign up today at www.Action.coop “and join the half a million Americans already speaking up for affordable energy.”
The Action.coop website says “America needs a common sense solution” because “affordable and reliable energy is vital to American families and businesses,” and “proposed EPA regulations targeting existing power plants will increase the cost of electricity and have serious consequences in your community.”
“That's why we're asking you to send your message to the EPA at www.Action.coop. Tell the EPA that these new plans to regulate power plants don't work for your family, your community or our nation's economy,” the email says.
“We need everyone's help. Please forward this to five friends or family members and ask them to sign up,” the email says.
At the same time, the EPA will hold four, two-day public hearings this week on the Clean Power Plan. The hearings will be held in Washington D.C., Atlanta, Denver and Pittsburgh.
Organized in 1937, Dawson Public Power District covers 5,000 square miles, including the rural areas in Dawson and Buffalo counties, approximately two-thirds of Gosper County, a third of Lincoln County and parts of Custer, Sherman and Frontier counties.