Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Power Industry Lobbying Efforts Support Senate Climate Bill

Electrical generation industry leaders at the twelfth annual Electric Power Conference executive forum in Baltimore yesterday rallied behind the Kerry/Lieberman American Power Act, the Senate’s alternative to the Waxman/Markey cap and trade bill passed last year by the House. Urging his colleagues to get behind passage of the Kerry/Lieberman legislation, James Connaughton, Executive Vice President of Constellation Energy Group, told the assembled power industry executives: “In Washington, difficult legislation is often declared dead – right before it is passed.”

Lamenting that heavy handed USEPA regulation of carbon dioxide emissions is the likely alternative should Congress fail to pass any climate change bill this session, Connaughton told the power industry leaders that in his experience USEPA rules usually accomplish about a quarter of their goals at four times the estimated cost to industry.

During the executive round table on climate change legislation, Connaughton’s sentiments in support of the Kerry/Lieberman bill were echoed by Keith Trent of Duke Energy.
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