EPA proposes rule requiring new coal plants to capture, store CO2

EPA proposes rule requiring new coal plants to capture, store CO2

Date: 23 Sep 2013

Source: E&E Publishing

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Developers of new coal-fired power plants would be required to capture and store heat-trapping carbon emissions under a rule that U.S. EPA proposed this morning. The rule would require future coal-fired plants to limit emissions of carbon dioxide to 1,100 pounds per megawatt-hour while large combined cycle natural gas facilities must meet a standard of 1,000 pounds per MWh. Small gas-fired units and single cycle power plants would be limited to 1,100 pounds per MWh. The rule replaces a proposal issued last year that would have created a uniform standard of 1,000 pounds of CO2 per MWh for all technologies. EPA has argued that the rule will not disadvantage coal despite the carbon capture and storage (CCS) requirement, because market conditions already favor natural gas anyway. In a memo accompanying the rule, EPA calls its proposal the "first uniform national limits on the amount of carbon pollution that future power plants will be allowed to emit. The proposed standards are in line with investments in clean energy technologies that are already being made in the power sector."