Climage Change Strategy


Can you afford to pay more for your electric bill? The EPA thinks you can.

On June 2nd, the EPA released a more than 1,600 page proposed rule targeting CO2 emissions from existing power plants. As the EPA’s energy plan for the next two decades, the proposal will dictate how our electric system operates and how Americans use electricity for years to come.

The fallout from the EPA’s energy plan will be felt across the nation as the cost of electricity increases, thousands of Americans lose their jobs, and the reliability of electricity is jeopardized. Across the nation, family budgets are already stretched thin. An increase in the cost of electricity means that families could have to choose between filling up the car and keeping the lights on.

Join us and take action now. Tell the EPA we can’t afford its proposed energy plan.

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Cooperatives Powering a Clean Energy Future

Renewable Energy
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Nationwide, co-ops control a total of nearly 5.3 GW of renewable wind, solar and waste heat capacity — in addition to roughly 10 GW of federal hydroelectric power. Read More

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Energy Efficiency
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750 Touchstone Energy® Cooperatives are participating in the only utility-sponsored nation-wide campaign to promote efficiency. Read More

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Federal Regulation of Greenhouse Gases

Electric co-ops serve some of America's communities most sensitive to, and least able to afford, increases in the cost of energy. Electric co-ops require independence and flexibility to choose solutions based on the needs of the communities they serve, which thoughtfully take into account balanced consideration of affordability, reliability and environmental responsibility.

Statement of Jo Ann Emerson on climate regulation: Electric Co-op Members Cannot Afford Price Increases, Job Losses from Carbon Regulations

EPA’s Climate Regulations Impede Economic Growth

Around the country, families, communities, employers and businesses view their energy bills as costs of life and simply doing business. They turn off lights, turn down thermostats and adopt energy efficient practices, because it saves them money better put toward groceries, medications, retirement and reinvestments in the economy. The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) regulations to curb carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from power plants only stand to increase those energy bills. [Full Article]

- Jo Ann Emerson, Chief Executive Officer of NRECA


Because of federal regulations up to 85 Gigawatts of generation capacity are projected to be lost by 2023.

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We can't afford new regulations.

Cooperative Fuel Mix

A breakdown of the fuel mix that generated electricity sold by 837 distribution cooperatives to 42 million consumer-members nationwide in 2009.

Cooperative Fuel Mix Source: NRECA Strategic Analysis (based on RUS and EIA data)

Related News

South Dakota: Radio 570 WNAX — Interviewed Southeastern Electric Cooperative manager Brad Schardin for reaction to the EPA rule.

New York Times: Coal to the Rescue, but Maybe Not Next Winter — “As the end of the harshest winter in recent memory approaches, the bill is coming due for millions of consumers who are not only using more electricity and natural gas but also paying more for whatever they use. And there might not be relief in future winters, as the coal-fired power plants that utilities have relied on to meet the surge in demand are shuttered for environmental reasons.”

Time Magazine: The World Needs More Clean Coal, or We’re Screwed — “…a new International Energy Agency report makes clear that coal is still a major, and growing source of electricity.”