New Source Carbon Rules
The EPA's Carbon Overreach: Restrictions on CO2 emissions may prevent new low-cost power plants
The EPA's New Source Performance Standards (NSPS) for greenhouse gases may do more than restrict carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – they may stop new coal-generated power plants from opening at all.
Under the NSPS, new power plants will be prohibited from emitting more than 1,100 pounds of carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour of electricity produced, a standard no existing coal-fired power plant can meet. On top of that, the technology that would be necessary to allow new coal plants to comply is prohibitively expensive.
As one former EPA official put it, the NSPS "really is a ban on new coal-fired generation. The EPA knows that."
With coal serving as the largest contributor to our nation’s electricity generation, removing it as a fuel option would have serious consequences on consumer power prices and on system reliability.
U.S. rural electric co-op members – including many Keep Electricity Affordable supporters – submitted more than 500,000 comments to the EPA about the NSPS.