Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co., Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Oklahoma Industrial Energy Consumers are fighting the EPA’s plan for regional haze for OG&E. They have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to review an appellate court decision that went against them last year.
OG&E has four coal units at its Red Rock and Muskogee generating plants covered by regional haze rules. The utility estimates it may have to spend between $1.2 billion and $1.3 billion to comply with the federal plan.
Whitney Pearson, with the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign in Oklahoma, said OG&E should follow PSO’s lead and retire its coal plants.
“For PSO, the right choice was clear: Oklahomans could spend hundreds of millions of dollars to prop up obsolete coal-fired power plants and keep paying for out-of-state coal, or we could use our energy dollars to fuel Oklahoma’s economy with cleaner, home-grown resources and build more prosperous communities,” Pearson said.
PSO, a unit of Ohio-based American Electric Power Co. Inc., has about 540,000 electric customers in eastern and southwestern Oklahoma.