Last week, Scott Pruitt, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), announced that he was repealing the Clean Power Plan — regulations designed to reduce pollution from power plants.
Here’s one particular reason why that’s bad news: The plan would have given energy efficiency a significant boost, and that would have helped consumers keep their power bills down. In fact, it was estimated the plan would have saved the average American family nearly $85 on their annual energy bill in 2030.
The EPA has promised to come up with a replacement sometime in the future—but the agency could drag its feet for years (and powerful interests are fighting against efficiency). Washington needs to hear from Illinoisans who are concerned about their power bills.
Please to come up with a new plan to curb power plant emissions that emphasizes energy efficiency just as much as the Clean Power Plan.