Indiana Electric Cooperatives launched a radio and social media campaign in opposition of new EPA regulations for existing source coal-fired electricity generating facilities. The statewide campaign includes a seven-week social media presence and a six-week radio buy.
The association is concerned about the impact the regulations will have on its member owners. These regulations will inevitably raise electricity costs, threaten Indiana’s growing economy and could result in the loss of thousands of jobs, both in coal generation and from businesses attracted to Indiana because of its competitive electricity rates.
“We are concerned about the impact these regulations will have on our member owners,” said Rick Coons, CEO of Indiana Electric Cooperatives. “We support a responsible energy policy that balances Hoosiers’ energy needs with environmental concerns through an all-of-the-above approach.”
Indiana’s electric cooperatives are dedicated to a cleaner environment. It is a key part of the cooperatives’ commitment to the communities served and the mission of providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity. The cooperatives have taken steps to honor an all-of-the-above strategy, including an aggressive commitment to energy efficiency programs. Indiana’s electric cooperatives also have a greater percentage of renewable energy sources than any other utility in the state, and continue to add more each year.
“The potential for these new regulations to dramatically raise energy prices and cost thousands of hard-working Indiana jobs is too great,” said Coons. “A responsible energy policy framework, along with a focus on new, proven technology and energy conservation, can mitigate the burden of rising costs.”
Indiana Electric Cooperatives, located in Indianapolis, represents 39 electric distribution cooperatives that serve 1.3 million Hoosiers in 89 of the state’s 92 counties. The cooperatives are collectively the second largest electricity provider in Indiana. For more information about the association, visit indianaec.org.