By Representative Jonathan Shell
Kentuckians remain outraged over the new regulations that were just announced last week by President Obama’s EPA. The announcement takes the war on coal to an unprecedented level and will raise electricity bills by $17 billion per year and cost our nation 224,000 jobs per year.
Coal keeps the lights on not only for our state but for our nation. Kentucky’s energy production has given our Commonwealth a great advantage. On Monday, I, and several other State Representatives, toured the E.W. Brown Generating Station which is a perfect example of clean, safe, and reliable energy production here in Kentucky.
There are three coal-fired generators at E.W. which can produce 749 megawatts of electricity. That is more than one-fifth of KU’s total capacity. An average of 1.5 million tons of coal is burned annually at the facility.
At E.W. alone, EPA regulations have cost $1 billion in emission capturing procedures. The new EPA regulations take 25% of the coal generated power away from the grid just to power their CO2 capturing process.
Once the new EPA regulations are implemented, E.W., along with other Kentucky energy producers, will be forced to go away from coal to more expensive options. That bill will be passed onto us, the consumers, and our economy will continue to suffer.
I appreciate all that E.W. Brown Generating Station does for this area of our state and enjoyed touring their facility. I, along with the other State Representatives that visited, remain committed to fighting for Kentucky energy.