New rules, new challenges: Commissioner Dana Murphy will host session on EPA rule

Saying the impact on Oklahoma’s electric infrastructure and ratepayers could be huge, Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy has announced a public informational meeting on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Clean Power Plan” rule, also known as Rule 111(d).

While various Oklahoma stakeholders are involved in preparing comments on the proposed rule, Murphy says it’s important for the public to be informed and aware of the process.

“There are billions of our dollars at stake as the EPA moves forward with its proposals that will significantly impact and change electric generation across America,” Murphy said.   “While the focus has been on other environmental compliance rules that are now in place, this proposed rule appears to present another significant and potentially-expensive issue for utility customers in Oklahoma and would require thoughtful, careful, and coordinated planning by the utility industry.  That’s why it’s more important than ever to become informed early.”

The informational meeting will be held at 10 a.m. August 21, 2014, in Room 301 of the Jim Thorpe Office Building, 2101 North Lincoln Blvd., Oklahoma City. Presenters will include the EPA, the Southwest Power Pool, and the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality.

The EPA’s proposed “Clean Power Plan” can be found here: