Kansas Chamber Statement on EPA's Clean Power Plan

February 26, 2016

Kansas Chamber Statement on EPA's Clean Power Plan

Topeka, Kan. (February 25, 2016) - On Tuesday, the Kansas Chamber joined 166 other state and local business associations from 40 different states in an amicus brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit explaining the devastating economic impact posed by the EPA's carbon regulations. 

The lawsuit, which will be considered by a federal appeals court this summer, involves EPA's "Clean Power Plan" rules, which aim to reconfigure state electricity systems. It is expected to be a landmark case that could shape Kansas's energy and economic future.

For example, EPA is requiring Kansas to reduce its electricity sector carbon emissions rate 43.5% by 2030. An independent analysis by NERA Economic Consulting has projected that this will increase state electricity prices by an average of 29% annually, and up to 39% in peak years.

Currently, electricity rates in Kansas are 9.57 cents per kilowatt-hour, by far the highest rates in our region and the Midwest. 

The coalition's brief outlines major legal and economic concerns with the rule, arguing that EPA has trampled on the rights of states to determine their own energy mix and implement environmental standards in a manner tailored to their own circumstances.

The availability of affordable electricity is a key feature of keeping America competitive in a global economy. The brief explains that EPA's challenged rule will pose significant harm to regional and local communities, particularly in economically challenged rural areas.

A decision in the case is likely to be issued by the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit later this year. From there, the challenge is expected to make its way to the Supreme Court, which has ordered EPA to halt all implementation and enforcement actions on the rule until it has the opportunity to consider the case.

The Kansas Chamber, with headquarters in Topeka, is the leading statewide pro-business advocacy group moving Kansas towards becoming the best state in America to live and work. The Chamber represents small, medium and large employers all across Kansas. The mission of the Kansas Chamber of Commerce is to continually strive to improve the economic climate for the benefit of every business and citizen and to safeguard our system of free, competitive enterprise. 


For more information on the Kansas Chamber of Commerce, visit www.kansaschamber.org.