Estherville, IA (KICD)–New regulations announced last week by the Environmental Protection Agency aimed at reducing carbon emissions for existing power plants have many power providers worried.
Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative President and CEO Rick Oleson tells KICD News that the proposed regulations will have a huge impact as well on any new power plants.
Oleson says they are still sifting through the 645 pages of legal regulations and over 1,000 pages of supporting documents.
ILEC currently runs two highly productive wind plants which make up 14 percent of their power output, but 70 percent of their power generation came from coal in 2013. The proposed regulations by the EPA call for a nationwide reduction by 30 percent on usage of coal based on 2005 levels.
Oleson adds that Iowa has already reduced their coal usage by over 15 percent in recent years without oversight.
The comment period on these proposed regulations has been extended from 30 to 120 days.