EPA: Wisconsin must cut carbon emissions 34 pct.

UPDATED Monday, June 2, 2014 --- 1:55 p.m.
Posted Monday, June 2, 2014 --- 11:19 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The federal government is proposing that Wisconsin cut its carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by one-third by 2030.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced specific targets for all states Monday as part of the Obama administration's effort to reduce emissions.

Wisconsin's 2012 carbon emission rate was more than 1,800 pounds per megawatt hour of energy produced. The EPA is asking the state to develop a plan to lower its emission rate to about 1,200 pounds.

There's been opposition from some states that rely heavily on coal. Wisconsin gets about 63 percent of its energy from coal, according to the Energy Information Administration.

Nathan Conrad of the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin says the EPA's proposals are likely to cost ratepayers, but it's too early to speculate how much.

Copyright 2014: Associated Press


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