Arkansas plans Oct. 1 meeting on Clean Power Plan

FOR RELEASE: Sept. 22, 2014

The Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) and the Arkansas Public Service Commission (APSC) will hold a stakeholders’ meeting Oct. 1, 2014 on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan.

The meeting, which is open to the public, will start at 9:30 a.m. at ADEQ, 5301 Northshore Drive, North Little Rock. It is expected to last until about 4 p.m. The agenda includes presentations from ADEQ and APSC, AEP Energy Services, Inc., a subsidiary of American Electric Power, the Bipartisan Policy Center, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. and Southwest Power Pool.

The primary topics addressed will be an assessment of the state’s pollution reduction target under EPA’s alternate proposals, an economic analysis of the plan, and a grid reliability study.

EPA issued its Clean Power Plan proposal in June, which for the first time regulates carbon pollution from existing power plants under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act. EPA plans to finalize the rule by June 1, 2015. States must submit their plans – which can include a mix of options including efficiency improvements at existing power plants, energy efficiency on the part of customers, renewable energy and more – to EPA by June 30, 2016. In some cases, extensions may be allowed.

Representatives from the following groups, selected by ADEQ Director Teresa Marks and APSC Chairman Colette D. Honorable, are serving as stakeholders: Entergy Arkansas, Inc., Southwestern Electric Power Company, Oklahoma Gas & Electric, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, Plum Point Energy Associates, Union Power Station- Entegra Power Group, LLC, North Little Rock Electric, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc., Southwest Power Pool, CenterPoint Energy Arkansas Gas, Arkansas Advanced Energy Association, Arkansas Electric Energy Consumers, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas Environmental Federation, Sierra Club, Audubon Arkansas, Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas Attorney General’s Office, Arkansas Energy Office, Arkansas Municipal League, Arkansas Public Policy Panel.

The group will ultimately develop recommendations for Arkansas’ statewide plan.

Information on upcoming meetings is on ADEQ’s website www.adeq.state.adeq.ar.us under the Hot Topics column and on APSC’s website, http://www.arkansas.gov/psc/index.htm, also by clicking on Hot Topics.