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Southwest Iowa REC urges EPA to Consider Cost and Reliability Impact

Southwest Iowa REC participated in a nationwide electric cooperative effort that collectively submitted more than 1.1 million comments from co-op member-owners to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in opposition to the agency’s proposed 111(d) regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants. The comment period closed on December 1.

Thank you to Southwest Iowa REC members for sending messages of concern to the EPA. We also extend sincere thanks to Governor Branstad, the Department of Natural Resources, the Iowa Utilities Board and the Iowa Economic Development Authority for submitting comments to the EPA and for considering how these proposed regulations will impact thousands of co-op member-owners as the agencies begin drafting Iowa’s state implementation plan to achieve the EPA’s performance standards.

“As a cooperative owned by those we serve, our top priority is providing reliable and affordable power,” remarked Phil Kinser, General Manager of Southwest Iowa REC. “We urge the EPA to consider the cost and reliability impacts their proposed regulations will have on consumers. We exist to serve our member-owners, and they are telling the EPA to consider a balanced approach to curb greenhouse gases.”

The electric cooperatives of Iowa have taken several proactive measures to support environmental responsibility over the years, including commitments to renewable power generation, promotion of energy efficiency and load control programs, investments in digital meters and smart grid infrastructure, and cleaning up existing coal-fired power stations.

Iowa electric cooperatives are diverse in many respects; power generation assets which serve Iowa co-ops are geographically diverse, situated in several states throughout the Midwest.  Electricity that serves Iowa co-ops comes from various fuel sources including wind, solar, biomass, hydro, nuclear, coal, and natural gas. Additionally, the power generating assets that serve Iowa co-ops are diversified in ownership and age which helps mitigate risk. The electric cooperatives of Iowa are committed to providing safe, reliable, affordable power that is environmentally responsible. We look forward to working with state agencies as they develop a reasonable state implementation plan to comply with EPA mandates.

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