House Resolution 118 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 118 BY WATTS , GASSMAN , WINDSCHITL , SALMON , HUSEMAN , GUSTAFSON , SHAW , DEYOE , ALONS , SHEETS , R. TAYLOR , LOFGREN , FISHER , HEARTSILL , BAUDLER , RAYHONS , WORTHAN , SCHULTZ , FORRISTALL , and DOLECHECK A Resolution in support of recognizing the lead role of 1 states in the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions 2 from existing power plants. 3 WHEREAS, a reliable and affordable energy supply is 4 vital to Iowa’s economic growth and the employment and 5 well-being of its citizens; and 6 WHEREAS, Iowa supports a comprehensive energy 7 strategy because it is in the state’s best interests 8 and the best interests of the United States; and 9 WHEREAS, the United States possesses abundant 10 supplies of coal capable of providing economic and 11 energy security benefits; and 12 WHEREAS, the use of coal provides affordable and 13 reliable electricity to the citizens of Iowa; and 14 WHEREAS, carbon regulations for existing coal-fueled 15 power plants could threaten the affordability 16 and reliability of Iowa’s electricity supply and, 17 therefore, the well-being of its citizens; and 18 WHEREAS, the United States Energy Information 19 Administration projects that the United States electric 20 sector carbon dioxide emissions will be 14 percent 21 below 2005 levels by the year 2020 and that carbon 22 dioxide emissions from United States coal-fueled power 23 plants will be 19 percent below 2005 levels in the year 24 2020; and 25 -1- LSB 6171HH (6) 85 rn/rj 1/ 3
H.R. 118 WHEREAS, on June 25, 2013, the President of the 1 United States directed the Administrator of the 2 United States Environmental Protection Agency to issue 3 standards, regulations, or guidelines to address carbon 4 dioxide emissions from new, existing, modified, and 5 reconstructed fossil-fuel power plants; and 6 WHEREAS, the President of the United States 7 expressly recognized that states will play a central 8 role in establishing and implementing carbon standards 9 for existing power plants; and 10 WHEREAS, the federal Clean Air Act requires the 11 United States Environmental Protection Agency to 12 establish a procedure under which each state shall 13 develop a plan for establishing and implementing 14 standards of performance for existing energy sources 15 within the state; and 16 WHEREAS, the federal Clean Air Act expressly allows 17 states, in developing and applying such performance 18 standards, to take into consideration, among other 19 factors, the remaining useful life of the existing 20 energy source to which the standard applies; and 21 WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of electricity 22 consumers in Iowa to continue to benefit from reliable, 23 affordable electricity provided by coal-based 24 electricity generating plants; NOW THEREFORE, 25 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 26 That the House of Representatives urges the United 27 States Environmental Protection Agency, in developing 28 guidelines for regulating carbon dioxide emissions 29 from existing power plants, to respect the primacy of 30 -2- LSB 6171HH (6) 85 rn/rj 2/ 3
H.R. 118 Iowa and other states and to rely on state regulators 1 to develop performance standards for carbon dioxide 2 emissions that take into account the unique policies, 3 energy needs, resource mix, and economic priorities of 4 Iowa and other states; and 5 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this 6 resolution be sent to the Administrator of the United 7 States Environmental Protection Agency and to the 8 members of Iowa’s congressional delegation. 9 -3- LSB 6171HH (6) 85 rn/rj 3/ 3