State Representative Andy Thompson (R-Marietta) has announced that the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee passed House Concurrent Resolution 29, which urges President Barack Obama to halt the Environmental Protection Agency’s pursuit of regulations that will damage Ohio’s energy economy and restrict fuel diversity.

A new regulation proposed by the EPA mandates that new fossil fuel electric generators release no more than 1,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide emissions per megawatt hour (MWh). Currently, no coal-fired plant comes close to meeting the standard, and costs to fit coal-fired plants with carbon capture and storage equipment would far surpass the cost of building a new natural gas cycle plant.

“The EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas performance standard for new fossil fuel-based electric generation jeopardizes the diversity of fuel and puts price and reliability at serious risk,” said Rep. Thompson. “This rule would devastate Ohio’s businesses, homes, hospitals, schools, and ultimately, the citizens of Ohio because they would bear the brunt of price increases.”

Coal-fired plants generate nearly 80 percent of electricity in Ohio and are key to keeping electricity abundant and its costs low. Rep. Thompson hopes that HCR 29 will communicate the importance of a diverse, reliable energy policy that supports electricity generation from a variety of fuels—including coal, natural gas, nuclear and other sources.

HCR 29 now awaits a vote by the full House.

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