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Southwest Iowa REC's Perspective on EPA's New Regulations

CORNING, Iowa – June 6, 2014 – Iowa’s electric cooperatives have concerns with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon dioxide emissions regulations on existing power facilities. The proposed regulations, which were released this week, create uncertainty about America’s ongoing energy supply.

Southwest Iowa REC’s mission continues to be to improve the quality of life for Iowans by delivering safe, reliable, and affordable electricity. Southwest Iowa REC’s power supplier (CIPCO) has proactively worked to invest in new electric generation resources to create a balanced and diverse energy portfolio. Today, over 60% of CIPCO’s energy is generated from carbon-free and emissions-free resources. The average power supply fuel mix for electric utilities in the Midwest region is 26% carbon- and emissions-free. The EPA’s new regulations will impact Southwest Iowa REC to a lesser degree as a result of the strategic investments made by CIPCO.

“One concern of ours is that the cost to operate coal-fueled generation, which is one of our nation's most reliable and cost-effective sources of power, could be significantly increased and could potentially force the premature shutdown of certain facilities,” states Phil Kinser, CEO of Southwest Iowa REC.  “These regulations are not a sustainable solution for our membership who relies on safe, reliable, affordable and environmentally responsible power for their homes and businesses. We believe there are better methods for achieving the goal of reduced carbon emissions.”

Southwest Iowa REC offers their member-owners numerous energy efficient incentives, programs and services to help reduce their energy usage, control cost and be environmentally responsible.

Concerned citizens can make their voices heard by commenting through the online Cooperative Action Network at action.coop.  

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