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Wednesday, September 14, 2011 - 5:07am

Utility Regulator Speaks To Congress

A Georgia utility regulator will tell Congress that more time and study is needed before coal-fired power plants should be forced to meet stricter environmental rules.

Public Service Commission Chairman Stan Wise is scheduled to testify Wednesday before a House committee examining the effects of new rules that could affect the U.S. power industry.

Wise, a Republican, says in written testimony that President Barack Obama's administration should study the cumulative cost of the rules and give utilities more time to meet them. His commission regulates Georgia Power, which previously estimated that complying with a raft of environmental rules could cost from $5 billion to $7 billion through 2020

Earlier this month, Obama scrubbed a pending regulation meant to reduce smog because of the weak economy. Other rules are still pending.

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