NH says it already meets EPA's lower emissions
Public Service of New Hampshire, the state’s largest electric utility, meanwhile, said it is too early to know whether the regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency unveiled Monday will cost ratepayers more.
PSNH operates a coal plant in Bow, a coal and biomass plant in Portsmouth and a plant in Newington that can run on oil or natural gas, or both, he said. He said PSNH does purchase carbon allowances, but couldn’t immediately provide their costs.
Americans for Prosperity–New Hampshire criticized the EPA’s efforts Monday, citing a study by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that these rules would kill nearly 5,000 jobs in the New England region and cost the regional economy $2.7 billion annually. Also, the study said those regulations would hike electricity costs in the RGGI states by $600 million each year.
Gov. Maggie Hassan said: “It is important that the federal government recognize that states like New Hampshire have been hard at work on this effort for a number of years, and I hope that these rules will level the playing field by requiring other states to begin to catch up to us.”
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