That’s what Kansas largest power provider says.
The Kansas City Star reports,
New federal rules to clean up coal-fired power plants are so voluminous that Westar Energy hasn’t even read them all yet.
But one thing is certain: The cost of improving air quality will find its way to your utility bill in the form of higher prices for electricity.
As of late last week, Westar, the state’s dominant power company with 687,000 customers, was evaluating the impact of rules issued by the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday.
“It will add to the cost of electricity,” said Bill Eastman, director of Environmental Services for Westar. “It’s just a trade-off between environmental improvement and electric prices.”
Asked how the rules will affect rates, Niki Christopher, an attorney for the Citizens’ Utility Ratepayer Board, answered: “Raise them. Considerably”…
“If what the local utilities are telling us is true, it may get to the point where we have rolling blackouts” on hot summer days when usage peaks, she said. [Emphasis added]