As a follow-up to the Energy Institute’s map illustrating how the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) outreach on greenhouse gas rules is avoiding the ten states that obtain the largest percentage of their electric power from coal, we analyzed the prices of electricity in those ten states and compared them to the national average retail electricity price. Not surprisingly, the ten states that have the largest percentages of electricity generated from coal also benefit from lower electricity prices than the national average. This map shows those lower prices, while also identifying the EPA listening session locations that are being held entirely outside of these lower-cost states.
EPA is holding listening sessions to solicit input from the public and stakeholders to assist in the development of new greenhouse gas regulations for existing power plants. Yet as this map illustrates, EPA is avoiding the states that are most dependent on coal-generated electricity. Consumers in states where coal is the dominant electricity source could suffer the most under proposed regulations. EPA should ensure that all citizens have the opportunity to participate in listening sessions on regulations-especially those who will be paying the most for them.
Energy Institute President and CEO Karen Harbert moderates a breakout session at the 2013 Institute of International Finance (IIF) Annual Membership Meeting, called "US Energy: Are Shale Gas and Oil Ushering in a Manufacturing Renaissance?"