Not-For-Profit Utilities Welcome EPA?s Small Business Review of Proposed Clean Power Plan, Push for Full Process

April 30, 2015

Press Release

Arlington, VA, April 30, 2015—The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) and the American Public Power Association (APPA) have called on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to initiate a full Small Business Advocacy Review (SBAR) process for the federal implementation plan for the 111(d) proposed regulation.

“We welcome news that the EPA will hold a SBAR panel for the 111(d) regulation and strongly urge that it be a comprehensive process to fully understand the impact that the federal implementation plan will have on small businesses. Sixty-two electric generation and transmission cooperatives qualify as small business entities and stand to experience enormous challenges, if not closure, from this regulation. It is imperative EPA fully and completely hear from all small entity parties as to the impact of this regulation before finalizing the rule,” said NRECA CEO Jo Ann Emerson.

APPA represents many small government entities that own or operate boilers, integrated gasification combined cycle systems, or combustion turbines that may be subject to this rule.

APPA President and CEO Sue Kelly said, “It’s only fair that EPA give public power utilities that qualify as small businesses an opportunity to be heard. Imposing undue burdens on these not-for-profit entities will adversely impact their ability to provide reliable electricity at affordable rates.” 

APPA and NRECA submitted letters to the EPA requesting a SBAR on April 3 and 29, respectively.