NARUC urges flexibility as EPA writes power plant emissions rules

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) is asking the Environmental Protection Agency to be flexible and seek input across all levels of state government as it develops emissions reduction rules for existing power plants.

In a resolution adopted today at its 125th Annual Meeting in Orlando, NARUC took no position on whether EPA should proceed but encouraged the agency to rely on state utility and environmental regulators as it pursues its rules. The resolution also asks the agency to find ways to accommodate existing state actions and recognize that states may need flexible approaches.

The resolution “urges the EPA, in developing any emissions guidelines for regulating carbon emissions from existing power plants, to recognize the primacy of states to rely on both state utility and environmental regulators to lead the creation of emission performance systems that reflect the policies, energy needs, resource mix, economic conditions of each state and region,” it states.

The resolution was one of several passed by NARUC membership at the conclusion of the association’s 125th Annual Meeting. The resolutions are now considered NARUC policy, providing guidance and positions for the association’s advocacy before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and the courts.

NARUC is the national association representing the state public service commissioners who regulate essential utility services, including energy, telecommunications, and water. NARUC members are responsible for assuring reliable utility service at fair, just and reasonable rates.

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