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EPA regulations could cause energy bills to soar

Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014

Indiana Chamber of Commerce

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce encourages you to take action during the comment period for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) new coal regulations, which will cause energy bills to soar.

The EPA recent directive to strictly limit carbon emissions for new power plants will be expensive to comply with and raise energy bills for all consumers. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the resulting cost increase could be as much as a whopping 80% in electric power rates. What Hoosier business or family can afford that?

Indiana will be hit far harder than most states because it’s the number one per capita manufacturing state in the nation. And over 80% of Indiana’s electric power comes from coal, compared to nearly 45% for the country. To make matters worse, the EPA has announced plans to release another regulation for existing coal-fueled power plants in June of this year that will have even more drastic impact on Indiana.

What you can do to help? The recently extended comment period for the proposed new regulations runs through Friday, May 9. Please tell the EPA what you think about the prospect of energy bills soaring. Comments to the EPA can be made easily through the grassroots web site.

For more information on the EPA’s proposed regulations and their impact, refer to the recent editorial and video segment with Inside INdiana Business. If you have more questions, please feel free to contact Vince Griffin, the Indiana Chamber’s vice president of environmental and energy policy, at (317) 264-6881 or via email.