America's Electric Cooperatives Send One Million Comments to EPA
America’s electric cooperatives have collected one million comments in opposition to the EPA’s proposed rule targeting existing power plants. More than 13,600 of those comments came from Georgia, over 700 of which were Southern Rivers Energy members.
But just because we are celebrating this milestone doesn't mean it's time to take a break! Thanks to our grassroots efforts, the comment deadline was extended to Dec. 1 so there's still plenty of time to grow the number of comments on this proposal and work with the EPA to find a more affordable and balanced approach to energy and environmental concerns.
To ensure safety and reduce energy use, most American homes are built to meet building codes. Imagine if the government applied a new, more stringent, code retroactively to your home, which forced you to move out because your home was not sufficiently energy efficient. You would still be forced to pay the mortgage for the home you could no longer use and also pay for a new, more expensive home.
The latest proposal from the Environmental Protect Agency (EPA) will fundamentally change the rules and force the early shut down of our Georgia coal plants on which we still owe money. Not only will this plan reduce reliability and increase the price of power, it will also leave you, our member-owners, holding the keys to power plants that can no longer run.
If you've already joined us in this effort by sending your message to the EPA, we thank you! If you haven't sent your message yet, visit Action.Coop before the Dec. 1, 2014 comment deadline and help us stop the EPA from eliminating jobs, raising energy prices and reducing power reliability.