NASHVILLE – Today the Environmental Protection Agency released new proposed rules that target power plant emissions. Mike Knotts, CEO of the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association, issued the following statement in response.
“Tennessee’s electric cooperatives are closely monitoring the impacts the EPA’s proposal will have on everyday Tennesseans,” said Knotts. “Energy is critical to Tennessee’s growing economy, and this proposal prioritizes a far-reaching environmental agenda over real needs for affordable and reliable energy.”
“Tennessee was one of nine states to experience rolling blackouts last December because the demand of energy outpaced supply. America – Tennessee included – needs new power generation, not new regulatory burden that will force the early retirement of America’s power plants and make permitting new ones more difficult. We urge the EPA to take a pragmatic approach to energy needs that prioritizes cost-effective emission reduction strategies and recognizes the importance of a diverse energy portfolio.”
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The Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association provides leadership, advocacy and support for Tennessee’s 23 electric cooperatives and 2.5 million consumers. The association also publishes The Tennessee Magazine, the state’s most widely circulated periodical. Visit tnelectric.org or tnmagazine.org to learn more.