Missouri stakeholders weigh in on federal Clean Power Plan

Missouri Chamber


Dan Byers addresses the crowd Dan Byers addresses the crowd

The Obama Administration has made it official—the federal government is requiring the nation’s power plants to reduce emissions by nearly one-third over the next 15 years.

So where does this leave coal-reliant Missouri?

“Safety, reliability, low cost power—those are the keys to our business; to being successful and to providing the best products to our customers,” said Trey Davis, president of the Missouri Energy Development Association. “Every one of those is brought into question with the Clean Power Plan.”

Under the Clean Power Plan, released on August 3, the EPA is requiring existing power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent.

Each state has a different goal to meet. Missouri is called to reduce emissions to 1,272 pounds per megawatt-hour, a more stringent goal than the EPA had originally proposed. Currently, Missouri power plants emit 2,008 pounds per megawatt hour, according to…

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