Ameren, the St. Louis-based utility holding company, formally declared last week that it has major concerns over the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Ameren criticized the EPA proposal’s timeline and questioned its legality during a meeting hosted by the federal agency.
Much of the opposition to the EPA proposal comes from coal and mining companies. Municipal utilities and cooperatives have also raised concerns.
Ameren, which draws more than half of its potential generating power from coal, was quiet on the EPA ruling after it was released in early June. But the utility is now criticizing the proposal’s timeline and argues a deadline of 2035 rather than 2030 will save $4 billion.