Affordability Matters Blog

Red tape. Aggressive agendas. Bureaucracy. Get the latest news about what's threatening your access to affordable electricity.

On June 2, 2014, the administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Gina McCarthy, formally announced the issuance of new rules that will significantly impact how electricity is generated in the United States. Whether you support or oppose the proposed rules for existing plants, they represent one of the most significant shifts in energy policy that has occurred in this country in decades.

Let’s face it: A lot of energy legislation produces political debates. But a recent Colorado bill received widespread support.

People across the West rely on affordable electricity at home and at work, around the clock and across the calendar. So when unreasonable government mandates lead to significant and unnecessary increases in electricity prices, we all feel the impacts. 


For Deborah Furney of Loveland, Colorado, affordable electricity doesn’t just support a way of life – it actually supports the life for her mother, who relies on an oxygen tank powered by electricity.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that residential electricity costs have been on the rise over the last several years in Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, Wyoming and most other states.

People across the West rely on affordable electricity at home and at work, around the clock and across the calendar. So when unreasonable government mandates lead to significant and unnecessary increases in electricity prices, we all feel the impacts. 


For Mark Stevens, a jeweler from Laguna, New Mexico, affordable electricity is critical because it powers his business. As a silversmith, Mark uses a number of electric tools to create his products – electronic buffers, rotary tools and even crockpots. 

People across the West rely on affordable electricity at home and at work, around the clock and across the calendar. So when unreasonable government mandates lead to significant and unnecessary increases in electricity prices, we all feel the impacts. 


Due to health issues, Suzanne Wood is often unable to leave her home. But thanks to affordable electricity, she maintains her connection to the world around her. “The Internet is my window to the outside world – it’s my main source of news and means of communication with my family living in Maine,” Suzanne said. 

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