In this report, the EPA concedes that it is “aware that concerns have been expressed by some, even in advance of this proposed rule, that this regulation may detrimentally impact the reliability of the electric grid.” It also admits that “sources integral to reliable operation” may be forced to shut down coal-fired plants and that this “could result in localized reliability problems.”
The report goes on to recommend that those who run the electric grid should start planning “as soon as possible” for “potential retired units.”
What does this mean? It means that the EPA knows its utility regulations will impact the reliability of electricity in the U.S. — but it doesn’t care. It is on a crusade to destroy coal-fired power plants regardless of the cost or the consequences. We should get ready for brown-outs and black-outs.
In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal:
This reliability section was gone [from the report] when the EPA released its utility rule proposal in May 2011. Why did it vanish? Where did it go?
This matters because the draft report contradicts EPA leaders who have publicly portrayed anyone worried about reliability as an industry shill. More importantly, as a technical and legal matter, issues that are excluded from the Federal Register mean that the public is denied the opportunity to meaningfully comment on them.
For more than a year the EPA has claimed that it doesn’t need more time to finalize the rule, only to reverse itself and extend the deadline by 30 days to mid-December. But that still leaves barely any time for the White House regulatory office to review the utility rule, even as the EPA continues to rewrite major elements that supposedly resolve the reliability question but that no one outside of EPA has seen. The rule hasn’t been submitted, while White House regulatory flyspecking usually takes 90 days.
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