Emission Changes Likely Mean Higher Electric Bills

Emission Changes Likely Mean Higher Electric Bills

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Mobile, AL - It’s so easy to plug in and power up--most people couldn't tell you where that juice comes from.  Do you know where your power comes from? 

The Barry Steam Plant in North Mobile County has been running since 1954--60 years.  Five units burn coal and two send out electricity via natural gas.  Statewide 54% of Alabama Power customers can turn on their computers thanks to coal.  The EPA took a year to craft the new rules--southern lawmakers worried this will kill the coal industry.

“We also need fossil fuel and we use a lot of coal in South Alabama and we produce a lot of coal in Alabama,” said Speaker of the Alabama House Mike Hubbard during a meeting in Mobile last summer.  Today Congressman Bradley Byrne voiced his opposition to the regulations. 

We have the largest coal terminal in North America so this hurts us a number of ways and I’m deeply disappointed the president would do this unilaterally,” says Congressman Bradley Byrne.  On the plus side--the Barry plant has been reducing pollutants by more than 60% in the last decade.  A spokesman says they're part of the largest carbon cap and store program in the world.  The EPA ranks it as one of the most polluting plants--it's 75th out of more than 500 electric power plants nationwide and makes up more than a third of the air pollution in Mobile County.  The new regulations likely mean higher rates in the not too distant future but it’s not clear when or how much it will cost you. 

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