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Co-op alarmed by proposed increase to electric bills

Published 8:55am Friday, June 28, 2013

To the Editor:

In a June 25, 2013, speech at Georgetown University, President Obama announced a broad new federal mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from electric power plants. The President will instruct federal regulators to apply the Clean Air Act to carbon dioxide issued from power plants.

While the President’s scheme will impose a massive new climate tax upon all consumers; we at Community Electric Cooperative are especially concerned about this proposal because our members already spend disproportionately more on energy than other consumers across the country.

“The President’s proposal will hit co-op served families and businesses here awfully hard,” said Cooperative President/CEO, Steven A. Harmon. “These regulations are costly, and they take autonomy from our co-op by challenging our ability to make decisions that govern our own infrastructure.”

The President’s climate tax fails to take into account electric cooperatives’ existing efforts to integrate renewable energy into our power portfolios. Co-ops are at the forefront of energy efficiency initiatives working hard to reduce the need to build expensive new power plants.

“Ultimately, electric cooperatives are about keeping electric bills affordable and providing underserved communities the power they need to improve their quality of life,” said Harmon. “The President’s proposal will make electric power more expensive, causing families and businesses to sacrifice on top of all the other uncertainty in our national economy. Without question, electric bills will get bigger for the Americans who can least afford to pay them.”

If the President doesn’t see the importance of affordable electric power, then the members of our Cooperative must help bring it to his attention.”

Brenda Mansfield
Members Services Supervisor
Community Electric Cooperative

  • employee2

    And sadly Spider are you aware that he has had his epa construct rules/regulations that have already impacted costs? remember that coal plant that was planned in Surry? It was cancelled due to delays that required that it meet new regs that made it prohibitively more expensive. Are you also aware that there is a market that sets wholesale peak an off peak power purchases? The more available power lowers these rates. Are you also aware that candidate Obama pledged to bankrupt coal power plants?

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    • handkusp45

      employee2, You certainly can find a better use of your time than asking a low information voter if they are aware of anything. Nobama can do no wrong.

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      • spider68

        Well, handkusp45, Isnt it wonderful that more people in the country are low information voters than you well informed by (Limbaugh, Hannity, Oreily, Savage, Beck nut cakes) voters?

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    • DryRain

      You will never get an Obama supporter to admit to anything negative about Obama. Meanwhile 100 miles away in Pierre Park, Troy has just spotted Godzilla.

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    • spider68

      And sadly, employee2, you must be getting your info from the same sources as hand kup. President Obama never made any pledges to bankrupt any coal power plants. He pledged to search for cleaner sources of energy, and also, where is the clean coal that the coal industry promised?

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      • employee2

        Did you click on the links I provided? They show him saying exactly what you say he didn’t say.

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  • employee2

    And sadly, no one will hold the responsible party, Obama to blame.

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    • spider68

      And sadly, you Obama bashers are out in left field again. Do you realize that his speech was four days ago, and he is already being blamed for an increase that must have been planned well before? If you want to keep 3 or 4 extra dollars for yourself and breath all of the polluted air, then go ahead. I prefer cleaner air.

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