Jan. 28, 2015
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Obama Administration Regs Will Also Boost Energy Bills
RALEIGH – New rules by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) imposing unprecedented restrictions on electric power plants will drive up energy bills and cost North Carolina tens of thousands of jobs, according to a study conducted by the Beacon Hill Institute of Suffolk University and released by the Civitas Institute.
“These new rules forced upon the states by the Obama administration will unleash significant harm on the people of North Carolina,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca. “Energy bills will rise dramatically and our economy will lose tens of thousands of jobs. These new rules will especially harm low-income households.”
The study concludes that North Carolina will experience higher electricity costs and greater effects on energy reliability than most states due to its higher portion of electricity production coming from coal-fired power plants, which are especially targeted by the EPA.
The impact on North Carolina’s economy will be significant. The study found that:
- EPA rules will cost the North Carolina economy a total of $1.7 billion between 2015 and 2030.
- The state’s economy will lose 32,120 jobs by 2030.
- Real disposable income would fall by $3.5 billion per year by 2030.
- Electricity bills for residential ratepayers will increase by about $355 per year by 2030, and for industrial ratepayers by nearly $52,000 per year.
“North Carolina has always enjoyed lower than average electricity rates and a reliable grid. But with the combination of EPA regulations and the state’s renewable portfolio mandates, the Old North State will see a transition to higher costs and less reliable energy production,” De Luca said.
The Civitas Institute – “North Carolina’s Conservative Voice” – is a policy institute based in Raleigh, N.C. More information is available at www.nccivitas.org, or contact Jim Tynen at (919) 834-2099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.