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EPA Emission Could Impact Electric Bills

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The issue of cost has become a part of the debate on the EPA's Clean Air Act.

The draft proposal aims to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30 percent by 2030, but both supporters and critics differ on how it will effect consumers electricity bills. While it's hard to project what retail electricity might cost, Basin Electric says that regulations, like the proposed rule, tend to pass a cost on to customers.

"It's 648 pages of complex info. Ultimately, we want to know what those rate impacts will be at the wholesale level, and how that will translate on the retail level. We do know that when you have additional regulations that does translate to consumers pockets," says Mary Miller, Basin Electric.

North Dakota will have two years to submit a compliance plan, and Basin Electric along with other power and coal industry companies have 120 days to submit comments to the EPA.

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