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Gov. Bevin requests extension for Clean Power Plan

Frankfort, Ky. – Governor Matt Bevin and the Energy and Environment Cabinet (EEC) are requesting a two-year extension  for the federal Clean Power Plan.

With a deadline of September 6, 2016, this two year extension will allow Kentucky to consider its options and continue its fight against this plan that will harm Kentucky’s affordable, reliable electricity and devastate the economy statewide.

“My job as Governor is to do what’s best for the people of Kentucky,” Governor Bevin said in a press release. “We have had many thorough conversations with stakeholders from all across Kentucky, including ratepayers, utility companies, local governments, small businesses, manufacturers and farmers, about the best path forward. We have come to the conclusion that it is in the Commonwealth’s best interest that we retain control of our own energy future. Toward that end, we are submitting an extension request. We are requesting this extension to allow serious legal challenges to progress through the court.”

As part of Governor Bevin’s commitment to transparency and accessibility, the EEC will be conducting public listening sessions across the state to gather input. Information on when and where the listening sessions will occur will be announced when available. Following the listening sessions, the EEC will develop a draft document that will be noticed publicly prior to submission to the EPA.

Additionally, the EEC has joined with other states and stakeholders to submit comments to the EPA regarding the Federal Plan Requirements for Greenhouse Gas Emissions and implementation of the Clean Power Plan. This is the federal plan that would be implemented should a state decide not to submit its own plan or if the EPA deemed a state plan to be deficient.