Electric bills expected to rise by 12 percent in Missouri

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Could you afford to pay 10 to 12 percent more for electricity? That's how much your bills are expected to go up pending an EPA ruling.

New EPA rules are expected to go into effect in June of 2016 following a one year comment period that ends next month. It will cost plants billions to comply, which means some of the cost will be passed to you.

Prices are expected to rise by 10 percent in Kansas and 12 percent in Missouri starting in 2017.

If your electric bill is $150. Your bill will rise to $165 in Kansas. You will pay $168 in Missouri.

The EPA says fossil fuel fired power plants are the largest source of CO-2 emissions in the United States.

The move is part of the President Obama's climate action plan. He says it will boost the economy. Others argue it will destroy American jobs.

Missouri had the eighth highest emission rate in 2012. Kansas ranked in the bottom half of states.