When it comes to the EPA’s proposed rule on existing power generation, everyone seems to have an opinion. The proposed change to Section 111d of the Clean Air Act is known as the Clean Energy Plan, with much of the EPA’s rhetoric speaking very positively about the propose rule and how the benefits to society far outweigh any negative aspects of implementation. Many do not share the EPA’s perspective on the Clean Energy Plan.

Keep Electricity Affordable periodically highlights unwise potential government mandates that could raise the price of electricity – and how rate hikes could hurt families, schools, farms and other small businesses. 

But it’s worth remembering that – as our name makes clear – electricity remains relatively affordable considering all it does to enhance our lives. (So let’s keep working together to make sure it stays that way!)

Nobody likes an increase in the electricity bill but this graphic provides some perspective:

The newly proposed “Clean Power Plan” from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would limit fuel options and put an unnecessary and burdensome mandate on America’s power plants – while holding states responsible for the complex, expensive and impractical implementation of the regulations.

You may be familiar with the drill: First, government regulators announce new mandates on power production. Then proponents and critics of the new rules debate the potential impact on how much consumers pay for electricity – often coming to very different conclusions.

It may be hard to decide who to believe.

But there’s much less room for debate when we can see the impacts on electricity bills that consumers are receiving today.

The debate over the future of U.S. electricity generation was on full display this week at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hearings in Atlanta, Denver, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C.. The focus of these public hearings? The EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan that could radically alter the way electricity is generated by utilities and used and paid for by consumers nationwide.

How does your state compare to the rest of the country when it comes to your energy bill?

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