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Begich Brokers Meeting Between EPA and Fairbanks Power Company

Greenhouse Gas Regulations Won’t Affect GVEA or other Railbelt Plants

U.S. Senator Mark Begich convened a meeting with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy and Golden Valley Electrical Association (GVEA) CEO Cory Borgeson today to discuss Clean Air Act Greenhouse Gas regulations. 

Sen. Begich arranged the meeting so that GVEA representatives could personally discuss the EPA’s proposed Clean Air Act Greenhouse Gas regulations for power plants with top EPA officials and describe the potential negatives impacts for GVEA users.

“The bottom line is that we need to be finding more common-sense ways to lower rates for Alaska consumers," said Sen. Begich.  “I will continue to press the EPA to do their part in assuring Fairbanksans that new greenhouse gas regulations won’t affect GVEA.  Alaskans already pay the second highest energy prices in the country and the federal government shouldn’t be adding to this financial burden.”

Sen. Begich with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

The new rule is meant to encourage power companies to use cleaner energy sources by switching from coal to natural gas or to renewable energy.  However, McCarthy assured GVEA that the new rules should not affect GVEA or any other existing coal power plant in the Interior because the new standards only apply to new plants.   The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ proposed coal-fired plant should also not be affected by the new standards because it is considered a replacement plant and is small in size.

Begich, Borgeson, McCarthy and EPA Region 10 Administrator Dennis McLerran met in Begich’s Anchorage office and were joined by GVEA senior managers via videoconference from Sen. Begich’s Fairbanks office. 

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