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We are coming to you again and asking for your participation in an effort to provide feedback to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  This comes as the result of a new 600+ page proposed rule that which would affect existing coal-fired power plants and potentially increase the cost of electricity for everyone.

This is different than the request we made a few months ago when the EPA proposed rule changes for new power plants.  We appreciate the responses that were received regarding the proposed rules on new power plants, but now the stakes are even higher. We are asking you to respond again to the latest proposal by EPA. 

Illinois electric cooperatives are in favor of a clean environment. We have long promoted a variety of energy efficiency measures to benefit our member-owners. Our power supplier, Southern Illinois Power Cooperative, utilizes power from hydro-electric and wind sources.  SIPC has invested in pollution control equipment at its plants at the Lake of Egypt in Marion and is a 7.9% owner of the Prairie State Power Plant that utilizes the latest pollution control technology.

Electric cooperatives support an “all-of-the-above” energy strategy, one that incorporates nuclear, natural gas, renewable energy, AND coal. Although this strategy was endorsed by President Obama in his January 2012 State of the Union Address, the EPA was directed to issue proposed rules for both new and existing power plants designed to force a shift away from coal. Since coal has traditionally been the most cost-effective (not to mention reliable) source of power, we expect the shift from coal could result in substantially increased costs.

We respectfully ask that you consider relaying to EPA your support for a “common sense” energy strategy, and not an “all but coal” strategy. 

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