WASHINGTON, D.C. – June 25, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2042, the Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015 with Representative Westmoreland’s support. The Ratepayer Protection Act postpones the dates by which states and operators of existing fossil-fuel fired power plants must comply with any final rule under the Clean Power Plan proposed by the EPA that addresses emissions of carbon dioxide until after a judicial review. The bill also provides that the state will not be required to implement a state or federal plan under a final rule if the state’s governor determines the rule would have a significant adverse effect on retail, commercial, or industrial electricity rates, or the reliability of the state’s electricity system. Below is Rep. Westmoreland’s statement.
“The EPA’s Clean Power Plan is devastating to Georgia’s power plants,” stated Westmoreland. “The regulations are raising power bills and threaten the stability of the jobs these plants provide.
“The Ratepayer Protection Act ensures that the EPA cannot implement the Clean Power Plan without considering its effect on the consumer and industry. The bill protects consumers from being victims of passed down costs from the power plants due to unattainable emission requirements set forth by the EPA. This bill is a solution that protects the consumer’s rates and Georgia’s power plants, and most importantly – it protects our state’s invaluable jobs.”
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