U.S. Senator Dan Coats
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – U.S. Senator Dan Coats (R-Indiana) is likely to speak out against strict new Environmental Protection Agency regulations on coal-fired power plants when he visits Lawrenceburg Wednesday.
Coats will tour American Electric Power’s Tanners Creek station and receive an update from AEP on the company’s announcement earlier this year that it will retire generating units at the plant, a release from Coats’ office said.
“The EPA’s narrow ideological agenda is negatively impacting Hoosier families and businesses,” the senator who is a member of the Senate Energy Committee said earlier this week.
The EPA is implementing caps on carbon dioxide emissions from coal power plants in 2015, from which Indiana receives 90 percent of its electricity.
In June, AEP announced it would halt the elder three of the Lawrenceburg plant’s four generating units by December 31, 2014, cutting Tanners Creek’s current output of 1,000 megawatts in half.
About 65 employees at the Lawrenceburg facility stand to lose their jobs.
AEP said energy rates would likely increase when it cuts back on how much electricity it puts on the grid. That statement was backed up by a report this week from the State Utility Forecasting Group at Purdue University which predicts Indiana energy rates rising 20 percent in the next six years.