Proposed carbon rules will directly impact TVA

President Obama unveiled a sweeping plan aimed a cleaning up the air we breathe, but opponents worry about how the proposed changes to coal burning power plants could impact jobs and utility rates.

The EPA is suggesting a 30 percent reduction in emissions by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.

New emissions regulations will directly impact TVA.

The utility's CEO Bill Johnson says he sees the proposed rules as a continuation of what TVA has already been doing.

Since 2005, TVA has reduced carbon emissions by 30 percent, and by 2020, it expects to reduce emissions 40 percent from 2005 levels.

TVA is assessing its coal-powered plants, closing some and is looking at other energy sources.

A recent report ranked Tennessee in the top 25 states for greenhouse gas emissions because of its powers plants. Tennessee was number 21 according to the data released by a nonprofit research group.


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