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HR 3826 - Electricity Security and Affordability Act - National Key Vote


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Title: Electricity Security and Affordability Act

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to base carbon emissions standards on technology that has been in use for at least 1 year.


  • Prohibits the Administrator of the EPA from implementing or enforcing any rule establishing emissions performance standards for a greenhouse gas from any new source that is a fossil fuel-fired electric utility generating unit, unless certain actions occur, including, but not limited to the following (Sec. 2):
    • The administrator separates sources fueled with coal and natural gas into different categories; and 
    • The administrator sets standards based on the best system of emission reduction only after the standard has been achieved for at least 1 continuous 12-month period by at least 6 units within a fossil fuel category.
  • Requires the EPA, before issuing a rule establishing standards of performance for emissions, to create a report including the following (Sec. 3):
    • The text of the rule;
    • The amount of greenhouse gases the rule is projected to reduce; and
    • The economic impact of the rule, including impact on the following:
      • Economic growth, competitiveness, and jobs in the US;
      • Electricity ratepayers;
      • Required capital investments and projected costs for new equipment; and
      • The global economic competitiveness of the US.