Energy conference speakers blast regulations

Energy conference speakers blast regulations

October 17, 2013
Originally published in Tulsa World

William Yeatman, an energy policy analyst for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said he opposes regulation that serves no public health benefit and only gratifies a political constituency. Regional haze, he said, is a simply an aesthetic issue related to visibility and not harmful pollution from coal-fired power plants.

AEP-PSO — American Electric Power-Public Service Company of Oklahoma — plans to phase out its last two coal units at its complex in Oologah by 2026.

"Regional haze (regulations) is the reason you're facing a rate increase of 20 percent," Yeatman said.