Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative applauds Supreme Court decision to stay EPA’s Clean Power Plan
NORTH BALTIMORE, OHIO–February 10, 2016–Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative cheered last night’s U.S. Supreme Court decision to halt implementation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan.
President and CEO George Walton said, “It is gratifying, considering the significant volume of the cooperative voice that arose from our members and from across rural America, that the U.S. Supreme Court has recognized what has been obvious to electric cooperatives — that the U.S. EPA has greatly exceeded its authority in its rules to reduce carbon dioxide and that the EPA’s plan, if allowed to go forward, would harm electric co-op members.”
For two years, Hancock-Wood had been urging its northwest Ohio members-owners, employees and board members to contact the cooperative action network via www.Action.coop to petition their legislators to fight against this unrealistic rule that would cost jobs, raise electric rates and place excessive strain on electric cooperatives to survive.
“This ruling is evidence that this hard work has paid off,” Walton said.
Had the stay not been granted, electric co-ops would have been forced to take costly and irreversible steps to comply with the rule, which co-ops contend is outside the scope of the EPA’s regulatory authority, and would increase the cost of electricity yet achieve little to no environmental benefit.
Pat O’Loughlin, president and CEO of Buckeye Power, the wholesale power provider for Ohio’s 25 member-owned, not-for-profit electric distribution cooperatives, echoed Walton’s comment and said, “Our power generation across the United States is cleaner than it has ever been and will continue to get cleaner without the EPA’s regulations. We look forward to a more permanent solution to the EPA’s regulatory overreach as the legal process moves forward.”
Last fall, Hancock-Wood joined the other 24 distribution cooperatives to authorize Buckeye Power to join the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and 36 other generation and transmission cooperatives in petitioning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to review and, ultimately, reject the Clean Power Plan. A decision in this case is expected either later this year or early 2017.
Hancock-Wood Electric Cooperative, established April 20, 1938, serves more than 11,000 member-owners in Hancock, Wood, Allen, Erie, Hardin, Henry, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca and Wyandot counties. Throughout the cooperative’s history, Hancock-Wood has delivered reliable, affordable services and supported energy efficiency along with educational and charitable causes to make a positive impact within the communities it serves.
For more information, visit the Hancock-Wood Electric web site at www.hwe.coop or call 800-445-4840.