AEP is committed to providing safe, reliable and affordable electricity to its customers and we have met this obligation for over 100 years. At the same time, we recognize the need to responsibly address the issue of climate change. We have proactively addressed carbon emissions through our planning processes and, as a result, AEP is already a less carbon-intensive company than a decade ago and, as we retire additional coal units and increase our use of renewables and other resources, our carbon profile will continue to improve. However, with respect to mandated climate action, we strongly believe that any carbon policy or regulation must be rational in terms of timing, scope and reduction targets. Additionally, any climate action framework should be built on consensus and take into account the regional differences in the role of carbon within our economy to ensure that there is not undue economic harm.
In 2014, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a regulatory approach to addressing carbon emissions which creates a significant reliability risk for the grid and affects affordability of electricity throughout the United States.
Any plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions must be accompanied by a thorough assessment of the impact on electric grid reliability, allow adequate time for implementation, respect the authority of states and other federal agencies, and preserve a balanced, diverse mix of fuels for electricity generation. The EPA’s proposal does not do this.