The Environmental Protection Agency has released its first limits on heat-trapping emissions from new power plants. The rules are expected to largely end the building of new coal-fired electricity generation, other than facilities using as-yet unproven carbon-capture technologies. The standard also sets the maximum permissible emissions as about the level of CO2 emitted by a modern natural gas-fired power plant.
"The standard will check the previously uncontrolled amount (of carbon pollution) that power plants ... release into our atmosphere,” Lisa Jackson, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, said Tuesday in a conference call. But “it also creates a path forward for future facilities to use technology that burns coal, while releasing less carbon pollution."
A link to the agency's explanation of the new standard is here.
-- Jim Fuquay