Coal Industry Reacts to EPA Rules

COAL-MINING-300The Colorado Mining Association (CMA) this week condemned the Obama Administration’s proposed regulations mandating the reduction of carbon dioxide from existing generating stations, saying that the new rules will cause extensive job losses and economic harm to America.  The Association says the rules will also hurt coal dependent states like Colorado, which generates 65% of its electricity from clean coal.  The Association is just one of several organizations speaking out against the new rules.  Peabody Coal, owner of 20 Mile Coal Mine, issued a statement blasting the Obama Administration for ignoring the perils the rules will bring to low income, middle class, elderly, and minority Americans.  Trapper Mine didn’t release a statement of their own, but referred to statements by the Colorado Mining Association and the National Mining Association that also criticized the president for imposing rules they say will kill hundreds of thousands of jobs and cost residents millions in increased energy costs.  Power Plants in the area were rather tepid with their responses, saying simply that the EPA’s proposed standards are complex and will require thorough evaluation before they know how they will be affected.  However, those responses came from company headquarters.  Craig Station has been active in opposing the new rules.  The various responses from companies directly impacted by the rules can be found below.

Colorado Mining Association statement

National Mining Association statement

Peabody Coal’s statement

Xcel Energy Response to the EPA Greenhouse Gas Rule

“EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas rule has potential to significantly change how we produce and consume electricity in this country. Xcel Energy has taken steps over the past decade to reduce emissions at a reasonable cost to customers, and these steps should help us respond to this rule,” Ben Fowke, chairman, president and CEO of Xcel Energy said. “Through well-designed state clean energy programs, Xcel Energy is on a path to reduce carbon dioxide by about 30 percent by 2020. We appreciate the EPA’s effort to gather stakeholder input as it developed the rule. The proposed rule is complex, and as we work through it and the upcoming rulemaking process, we will advocate for the continued ability to provide the reliable, affordable power customers need, in an environmentally responsible manner.”

 

Tri-State Generation and Transmission statement:

The EPA’s proposed carbon standards are complex and will require thorough evaluation before we will know how they will affect our association in the states we operate.

 

While coal remains the foundation of our generation portfolio, we have also been adding low or no carbon resources to diversify our generation mix.  Since 2008, Tri-State has added more than 900 megawatts of resources, primarily from renewable and natural gas resources.  In 2013, 20 percent of the energy delivered to Tri-State’s member systems was from carbon-free, renewable energy resources.

 

We will work to ensure that any carbon standards allow us to continue to deliver affordable and reliable power to our members and the rural communities they serve.

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