Robert Walton, Utility Dive
President Obama's Clean Power Plan garnered criticism for its reach, which went beyond individual plant upgrades and allowed generators to reduce emissions by adding renewable resources. The EPA argues that its new rule corrects regulatory overreach, but some utilities disagree.
The fence-line interpretation of the Clean Air Act "excludes measures that EPA has historically allowed the power sector to use to reduce its emissions more cost effectively under both prior Republican and Democratic administrations, such as emissions trading, averaging and increasing generation from lower-emitting sources," the utilities said in a statement.
Along with Consolidated Edison, utilities signing on to the lawsuit include Exelon, Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, National Grid, New York Power Authority, Pacific Gas and Electric, Public Service Enterprise Group, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Seattle City Light. The utility companies have operations in 49 states and the District of Columbia, and collectively serve 23 million customers.