Great River Energy studies proposed EPA emissions rules

Great River Energy has a team of employees studying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed rule regarding emissions from existing electricity generating units, and is analyzing its impact on its power plants.

The EPA’s proposed Affordable Clean Energy rule would replace the Clean Power Plan and set guidelines for states to curb emissions through efficiency improvements at power plants.

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Great River Energy has a team of employees studying the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule regarding emissions from existing electricity generating units.

“After our analysis is complete, we will likely submit comments to the EPA on the proposed rule,” said Eric Olsen, general counsel. “If the rule is finalized, Great River Energy will participate in the process to develop North Dakota’s plan to implement the rule.”

Great River Energy will continue plans to evolve its power generation portfolio and pursue the goal of achieving 50 percent renewables by 2030.

“Although we will continue to find ways to improve the operational, economic and environmental performance of our power plants, we believe we’re in good shape to comply with the proposed new rule without incurring additional costs,” said Rick Lancaster, vice president and chief generation officer. “Over the years, we’ve made investments at Coal Creek Station that have improved plant efficiency and reduced emissions.”

As a cooperative, Great River Energy makes decisions in the best interest of its member-owner cooperatives while continuing to operate generation resources in an environmentally responsible and economic manner.