Stakeholders Meeting Planned On Carbon Rules

Jun 25, 2014

Environmental officials and utilities plan a public meeting to discuss new federal regulations designed to reduce the nation's carbon emissions.

Under the plan announced this month by President Barack Obama, Arkansas's goal is to cut emissions by nearly 45 percent by 2030. Arkansas gets about half its electricity from coal-fired power plants.

The Arkansas Public Service Commission and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality are hosting a stakeholders meeting Wednesday at ADEQ headquarters in North Little Rock. Participants in Wednesday's meeting include Entergy Arkansas, Southwestern Electric Power Co., Southwest Power Pool, the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce, the Sierra Club and the Arkansas Department of Health, among others.

The group will develop recommendations for Arkansas and is expected to meet every other month through June 2015.