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Sky High Electricity Rates Coming, Obama Official Warns

electricity rates sky highThe Obama Administration’s rules requiring “clean coal” technology in power plants could increase electricity costs by 70 percent to 80 percent in some parts of the country. That admission was made to a Congressional committee by Julio Friedmann, the deputy assistant Secretary of Energy in charge of “clean coal” technology.

“At a coal gasification facility, the cost of electricity may be increased by 40 percent; at a pulverized coal power plant, by upwards of 80 percent,” Rep. Tim Murphy (R.-Pennsylvania) said of technologies designed to reduce air pollution from coal burning power plants. “This is what DOE’s own documents tell us.”

New rules mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency require the use of such technology. Friedmann acknowledged Murphy was right, saying it would increase “70 or 80 percent.”

“It is in fact a substantial percentage increase in the cost of electricity, but in part, that’s because the current price of coal is so low,” Friedmann admitted to the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee. Murphy is chairman of that committee.

Coal makes up nearly 40 percent of American’s energy supply.

Expensive Clean Coal Technology May Not Work

Murphy and Friedmann were discussing carbon capture, or clean coal technology, that is expensive and may not even work. Off The Grid News reported that at least one of the clean coal technologies, Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CSS), has not been proven to work and will end up costing $4.3 billion to build – and that’s just at one power plant.

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Each power plants that used that technology would require up to $300 million in taxpayer subsidies, Daniel Simmons of the Institute for Energy Research told World Net Daily.

But no power plants currently use the technology.

“It’s a technology that we simply need to have,” Friedmann said of CSS technologies. Simmons says CSS technology has not yet been perfected.

Energy Department Says It’s Not To Blame

When asked about the economic impacts of the clean coal technology, Friedmann seemed to admit the technology was not commercially viable, and he tried to switch the blame to industry. Worse, he seemed to say the Department of Energy has no duty to develop commercially viable energy sources.

“Our job is not commercialization or the determination of economic viability,” Friedmann said.

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Murphy accused Friedmann and the Obama administration of trying to put coal burning plants out of business with EPA regulations. Similar allegations have also been made by Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma).

“If coal power plants cost too much, nobody will build them,” Murphy said. “Energy costs will increase, making it even more difficult for families and US manufacturers to compete.”

Prepare for Sky High Electric Bills

The exchange between Murphy and Friedmann should concern average Americans because many experts expect electric rates to increase with or without the EPA coal regulations. Even with the coal-burning power plants in service, electric rates increased by 42 percent across the United States in the last decade, Off the Grid News reported last year.

To make matters worse, electric rates were already projected to increase by 21 percent in the next 10 years, and more than 50 percent over the next 20 years according to a report released by the Department of Energy last year. That report did not take the clean coal costs into account, but instead the rising costs are based on the cost of maintaining and upgrading the electric grid.

It seems the average Americans need to get ready for sky high electric bills, which could be made worse by federally mandated clean coal technology.

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5 comments

  1. Really? What are things coming to? Where will it stop? First Obamacare drives up the cost of healthcare, then droughts in California threaten to drive up the cost of food. Now Obama and his cronies are driving the price of electricity through the roof. I diagnose the government as having “cranial rectal insertion”. This is where your head is stuck so far up your #ss your heart is beating your brains out!!! Add to this the worry of an Emp, the new Madrid fault and San Andreas faulty activity, and we are approaching hurricane season. The spring thaws haven’t started yet, so flooding in the northeast is coming too. Let the fun begin!

  2. It’s all about control by this communist regime in the White House. They now control your health care, dictating to you what doctors and hospitals you WILL by their authority patronize. They have dictated where you will spend your after tax dollars on ACA as well. Now they must control the energy resources we use for the final nail in the coffin of the once greatest country in the world. Controlling both of these essentials in our lives gives them the powers they need to control every move we make and curtail such movement should they chose. It’s really quite simple, Obama’s administration is power hungry and we have a beast at the helm. Obama’s appetite for power and control is insatiable, he will not stop until we have fallen to the status of a third world country….that was the Dream of His Father…topple what his father hated….freedom, prosperity, wealth either inherited or earned= social justice.

  3. It always amuses me to read the complaints people in the US have over energy-prices.
    Here in Denmark we pay ~25 cent/kw/h for electricity, and of this ~1/4 the is the cost of the power, the rest is taxes and transportation.
    The cost of one liter of fuel for the car is ~1.9$ yes per liter, that’s over 7$/gallon.
    So there are plenty of reasons we drive small cars, and generally don’t use electricity for heating. What we do is build the worlds most efficient coal fired power plants, and utilize the waste heat from them to heat our cities and towns.

    Oh and when it comes to healthcare, it’s payed over the taxes, so we use way less per capita.

  4. Martin, Denmark may pay more for such things- but then you also have a higher average income. On top, a large portion of that paying more is paying taxes that then go to things like healthcare. So while I’m spending $1000 a month or more on healthcare on top of electricity, gas and etc…. you are not. That means your making degrading comments about Americans complaining about prices on something that is not accurately comparable in the way you are representing. Especially with your higher average income. The average American isn’t going, ‘oh darn, I won’t be able to buy as nice a car’. We’re wondering how we are going to figure out essentials. My concern is that I won’t be able to buy the medications that keep my child alive with his fatal if untreated congenital disorder or groceries. If my electric bill nearly doubles, that will be groceries or one of my son’s medications for the month. That is, of course, after my yearly out of pocket health care costs went up a couple thousand this year because of Obama Care. Having the average American household hit with such increases so close together is simply poor goverment choices, economically.

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