U.S. Rep. Blackburn to address President’s Climate Action Plan, future of affordable power at regional Nashville forum

Nashville, TN – The potential impacts of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan on the affordability and reliability of power in the Southeast will be among the topics addressed by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), when both energy consumers and producers convene in Nashville for the Southeast Powering our Future Forum on September 25.

The forum will come just days after the Environmental Protection Agency’s September 20 deadline, by which point the agency is expected to release a draft regulation on new coal-fired power plants.

“We need to understand the impact of changing regulations or else we risk driving up electricity prices,” said U.S. Rep. Blackburn, who serves as Vice Chair of the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee. “If we hope to protect every American’s right to pursue happiness and create a better future, we need to keep the lights on for our families and job creators.”

CEA’s Southeast Powering our Future Forum (http://southeastpoweringourfutureforum-affiliate1.eventbrite.com) is September 25th from 11am – 3pm at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. Electricity consumers and producers representing at least six Southeastern states will discuss the best way to ensure a future of low-cost, reliable electricity if the Obama Administration regulates new and existing coal-fired power plants.

“A key reason the Southeast has become a magnet for jobs and investment is reliable, affordable power,” said Adam Waldeck, Executive Director of Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) Southeast, a Host of the forum. “People want to know what these new regulations will look like, how they’ll impact their bottom line, and what they can do about it.”

Joining the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA) as Hosts for the Southeast Powering our Future Forum are the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Nucor and Piedmont Natural Gas, while TVA, Georgia Power, Alpha Natural Resources and the Tennessee Farm Bureau will serve as Co-Hosts.

The Southeast Powering Our Future Forum (http://southeastpoweringourfutureforum-affiliate1.eventbrite.com) is part of a series of regional CEA Southeast events. Earlier this year CEA Southeast hosted an offshore energy forum in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and a gubernatorial candidates forum in Arlington, Virginia.