Multiple officials and agencies across the state of Texas are charging that unfair actions by the Obama Administration and Environmental Protection Agency will cause harmful impact on Texas, including the real potential for rolling electrical blackouts.
In July, the EPA gave Texas only five month notice that they are imposing new regulations that requires Texas coal power plants to reduce emissions by 45% by January 1, 2013.
According to a release by the state Attorney General’s office the State’s electrical grid operator has expressed concerns that Texas “will face a shortage of generation necessary to ‘keep the lights on.’”
“The EPA’s unlawful regulations were issued despite the fact that the demand for electricity—both during the hot summer months and the cold of winter—is at an all-time high.”
Just last summer, ERCOT announced Texas was only 300-400 megawatts away from suffering rolling blackouts. This was very close to the rolling outages that were executed last February during a period of “extreme cold.”
EPA’s new regulations will force a reduction of 1,200 – 1,400 megawatts of electricity during the peak summer months, more than three times the amount that would have forced rolling blackouts in the summer of 2011, projects ERCOT.
Court documents filed by ERCOT in support of the State’s legal challenge conclude the forced reductions from Obama and EPA “would lead to unavoidable rotating outages, possibly even recurring events, which could occur in both peak and off-peak periods, through 2012 and beyond.”
Texas recently learned the EPA appears to be playing games with the deadline that requires lower emissions with air pollution rules.
Statewide, experts claim these standards will close energy plants, lay off thousands of workers and create blackouts.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott took legal action Thursday against the EPA by asking a federal court to enact a stay on the regulations.
Abbott said that “when the EPA issued its July 7, 2011, Cross State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), the Administrator failed to comply with federal laws that require federal agencies to inform the public of rule proposals in advance so that affected parties can participate in the rule-making process.”
“EPA opted not to include the State of Texas in key aspects of the proposed” regulations imposed in August, 2010, Abbott argued. The EPA “added Texas without notice to the final regulations earlier this year—the rule violated federal law and should be stayed by the Court”.
Even the state’s power grid operator cautioned that electric dependability would be compromised.
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