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PROTECT ACCESS TO COAL ON FEDERAL LANDS TO KEEP ELECTRICITY AFFORDABLE

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In January, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) stopped processing and issuing coal leases on federal lands. The DOI’s moratorium on coal leasing activities will continue until the agency completes a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS).

According to the DOI, the purpose of the PEIS is “to identify and evaluate potential reforms to ensure the program is properly structured to provide a fair return to the taxpayers and reflect its impacts on the environment, while continuing to help meet the nation’s energy needs.” 

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THE U.S. SUPREME COURT HAS RULED THAT IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EPA'S CLEAN POWER PLAN SHOULD BE STOPPED.

This is a big win for the 27 states suing the EPA over the Clean Power Plan regulations. The Supreme Court decision halts the requirements set by the Clean Power Plan until the lawsuit can be considered. 

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With significantly fewer customers per mile and with diverse and often rugged terrain to cross, rural areas present numerous extra challenges for connecting homes and businesses to electricity. Couple this reality with poorly conceived government mandates on the energy sector, and getting affordable, reliable power to large swaths of the rural West becomes a nearly insurmountable task.