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12/18/2013 9:39:00 AM
KREMC Response

Editor, Times-Union:
I am writing in regard to Katy Berger's letter, on behalf of KREMC, urging KREMC members to write to the Environmental Protection Agency, asking the EPA abandon new carbon-emission regulations that the EPA is proposing on new carbon-source electricity generation plants. I am a KREMC member and followed the link provided to to attempt to find more information.
Sadly, I could not find more information on; all that the link leads to is a form letter that one can "sign" and send in to the EPA. There was no additional specific information about the effect of the the proposed regulations on new (especially coal-fired, but also natural-gas fired) power plants at the site that I could locate, despite exploring the various menus and tabs. This is discouraging; one would hope that a worthy organiztion such as our electric cooperative would treat its members as thoughtful and intelligent and able to understand moderately complex ideas; apparently, KREMC doesn't think very highly of me of my ability to understand the issues; though I hope that my conclusion is incorrect. This is the same type of form letter that I'm sent to, with minimal information, by both political parties and various interest groups, all of whom hope that I will jump on their train without asking where it's going.
So I searched the Web for more information and found both the actual EPA proposal and several other sites with much more information. Why wasn't this in-depth information provided? Could the Times-Union do some in-depth reporting to help KREMC members understand the issues better?
Furthermore, KREMC makes several claims (explicit or implicit), such as: If the proposed regulations take effect, my electricity costs will increase. Are there any estimates on what the increase will be? I, for one, am willing to pay more for my electricity if the results are worthwhile. Much of life requires us to balance risks and rewards. Perhaps the rewards of the proposed regulations will outweigh the increased costs? Without information, how will we know? Do the Indiana REMCs even have plans to build new coal-powered plants in the next 5 years? 10 years? There are 4 states that already have carbon-emission regulations for new power plants very similar to the proposed EPA regulations, and one of those states actually has a standard lower than the proposed EPA regulation. Apparently, in some quarters at least, the regulations are viewed as a good direction. And so KREMC's position appears, based on the information provided, to be a knee-jerk reaction to the proposed regulations. Why can't an organization I am a member of and care about be more forthcoming with information?
Jim Eisenbraun
Warsaw, email

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, January 2, 2014
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this would have minimal affect on us due to the fact that kremc buys electric from ripsco and ripsco told me almost all of their electric comes from natural gas but of course they may have lied to fit their agenda of wanting a price increase at that time citing that natural gas was getting expensive and needing to pass the cost on to us victims aka customers. Electric companies will twist the facts so they can screw you and make you think it is someone else s fault. Another thing that bothers me is how Kremc charges the max deposit even with a 700+ credit score and the deposit info on their site is incorrect. I hate their smart meters that make me ill. Ever since they installed that junk meter i have had poor health.

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