CPS — the largest municipally owned utility in the country — also wants an attaboy for plans to shutter its coal-fired Deely Plant in 2018, about 15 years ahead of schedule, and to replace its capacity with the cleaner, natural gas-fired Rio Nogales plant near Seguin.
But those are concerns on the margin. The utility isn’t questioning the EPA’s power to impose the mandate.
“We are not focusing on whether it has that authority,” said Doyle Beneby, CPS’ chief executive. “There is an air of inevitability about this, and we have to protect our community. . . The issue is settled.”
The EPA’s emissions rules, he noted, didn’t come out of the blue. States and electricity generators have known for years that they were coming down the pike.