EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSProposals Due By Friday Could Have Big Impact On Your Power Bill
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Reported by: Kennie Bass
Videographer: Brad Rice, John Tincher
Web Producer: Kennie Bass
Reported: Sep. 16, 2013 6:19 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 16, 2013 6:24 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
President Barack Obama's next salvo in his initiative to reduce the country's dependance on coal and coal-fired power plants is due by Friday.
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to release new standards requiring any future power plants be built with carbon capture and storage technology. Technology that's still being developed and is very expensive. An expense that would ultimately be passed on to utility customers who say their electric bills are already too high.
"I just paid two-thirds of a month's income to AEP and I can't afford it," Barbara Drake of Charleston said.
"I have a two-bedroom apartment and mine was over a hundred dollars. And I'm choosing between diapers for my six-week old or my electric," Marianna Meisel of Charleston said.
The expected EPA decision comes after a West Virginia delegation expressed hope that a face-to-face meeting with the new EPA director would open lines of communication and negotiation. That doesn't appear to have happened.
"A real crimp in our economics and our everyday lives if these kind of rules continue to come down from D.C. without at least having input where states can in a reasonable time abide by the policies that are coming out," West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said.
"I don't know anybody in the industry that thought there was going to be a different result following that kind of meeting," Bill Raney with the West Virginia Coal Association said. "So, they were on a mission and that's what they're gonna do."
The new regulations' impact would extend beyond your utility bill. Businesses whose power costs go up invariably pass those costs along.
"We have to raise our prices. I mean we have to pass it on. It's like everything else," Richard Leach with Gardner's Dry Cleaning said.
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