Edison Electric Institute president: EPA MACT rule is most expensive rule in EPA history

Dec. 22, 2011 — The president of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is not a fan of the Environmental Protection Agency’s MACT rule.

“EPA’s MACT rule is the most expensive rule in the agency’s history,” EEI president Tom Kuhn said. “It will require a significant number of electric generating units to design, obtain approval for and install complex controls or replacements in a very short timeframe. In some cases, it will mean that new transmission and natural gas pipelines will have to be built.

“EPA has made useful technical changes from its original proposal. Nevertheless, we believe the administration is underestimating the complexity of implementing this rule in such a short period of time, which can create reliability challenges and even higher costs to customers. The administration is not using all the available authorities in the Clean Air Act to coordinate implementation, to ensure electric reliability and to avoid excessive costs.”

Edison Electric Institute

The Edison Electric Institute is the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies. EEI members serve 95 percent of the customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry and represent some 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry. It also has more than 65 International electric companies as affiliate members and more than 170 industry suppliers and related organizations as associate members.

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