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American Coal Council issues statement on EPA's ACE rule

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The American Coal Council welcomes the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of the final Affordable Clean Energy (ACE) rule. The rule replaces the prior Administration’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which far exceeded the boundaries of law and regulatory precedent, so much so that it was halted by the U.S. Supreme Court in an unprecedented stay.

The hallmarks of the ACE rule are the appropriate ‘point source’ approach for regulating emissions and the appropriate rebalancing of federal and state regulatory roles. The rule provides for increased power plant efficiencies and enables states to make their own individual determinations about energy infrastructure.

Coal generating plants are an essential component of the electric grid’s ability to supply round-the-clock electricity for our always-on economy. They provide important fuel diversity for the generating fleet and are key to stable, affordable consumer costs. Coal plants provide reliable baseload capacity. They can be dispatched ‘as needed’ unlike intermittent wind and solar sources that can be dispatched only ‘as available’. Coal plants directly support the electric grid’s resilience, including during cold winters and hot summers when electricity needs are greatest and demand spikes.

With the ACE rule, these coal plants have the opportunity to continue to contribute to the competitiveness of America’s businesses and the comfort and well-being of consumers while continuing the path of emissions reduction.

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