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Coal-fired power emissions regs released

September 6, 2012, Saskatoon, SK – Coal-fired power plants got more regulatory breathing room than expected to release greenhouse gases Wednesday, something federal Environment Minister Peter Kent says is necessary to protect Canada's power supply.


September 6, 2012
By The Canadian Press

The Canadian Press reports that the final regulations for coal-powered plants, released Wednesday, stipulate they can emit no more than 420 tonnes of greenhouse gases per gigawatt hour of electricity generated.

This number is significantly higher than the 375 tonnes per gigawatt hour Kent proposed in earlier draft regulations released in August.

While admitting the new rules are "at the high end" of the 360 to 425 tonne per gigawatt hour range he considered, Kent said the decision was made to avoid putting the "consuming public at risk of inadequate power supply."

"That 375 … would have been applicable only if, in the coal-fired electricity sector, plants operated at a steady productivity," Kent said. "In reality, plants go up and down in the generation of energy depending on demand."

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