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PEC Submits Comments to the EPA

Pioneer Electric Cooperative Executive Vice President and General Manager Terry Moseley announced last week that over 300 comments have been submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency in opposition to the agency’s proposal to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The comment period closed on December 1, 2014.

“Our top priority is keeping electric bills affordable for our members. Unfortunately, the EPA didn’t consider the real world impact this latest proposal will have on the budgets of families and businesses across America,” said Moseley. “That’s why hundreds of our members and electric cooperative members across the country spoke out and told the EPA they couldn’t afford this government regulation. It’s possible to balance affordability and environmental stewardship, but not under these latest rules.”

Pioneer Electric Cooperative participated in a nation-wide effort from electric cooperatives that collectively submitted more than 1.1 million comments to the EPA opposing new regulations for new and existing power plants. There is inherent strength in the number of comments submitted to the EPA by America’s Electric Cooperatives. These comments highlight the broad opposition to this proposal and encourage the EPA to go back to the drawing board and to work with cooperatives on common-sense solutions. Every comment submitted through Action.coop or TellEPA.com enhanced the strength of the message and framed the debate not only to the EPA, but also to other decision makers and opinion leaders who can influence the EPA’s thinking.

For more information about PEC’s involvement, please contact Casey Rogers at 334-382-4904.

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