Legislation to Target Administration’s Climate Plan
March 25, 2015
House Republicans on March 23 unveiled a discussion draft of the Ratepayer Protection Act of 2015. The draft legislation is designed to delay implementation of the Obama administration’s climate rule for existing power plants and would allow state governors to veto compliance with the federal rule if the governor determines it would cause significant rate hikes for electricity or harm reliability in the state. The bill also would delay the EPA’s climate rule until all court challenges are completed. Unlike previous measures, the Ratepayer Protection Act does not block the EPA rule outright.
The bill sponsor is Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), chairman of the energy and power subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce panel. A House hearing is scheduled for April 14 on the Ratepayer Protection Act. To view text of the discussion draft, click here. To view a summary of the draft legislation, click here.