27 March 2012 19:01 [Source: ICIS news]
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EPA administrator Lisa Jackson said that the proposed rule limiting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by power plants would allow 1,000 lbs of carbon releases for every megawatt of electric power generated.
The standard will apply to both coal-fired power plants and those fuelled by natural gas.
But future coal-fired power plants would have to employ carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technology in order to meet the EPA’s standard, she indicated.
Commercial-scale CCS is not yet available, but Jackson said that "every model we have seen projects that CCS will be commercially available within the next ten years".
Coal-fired power facilities built in the future would have a 30-year window in which to reach an average of 1,000 pounds of carbon emissions per megawatt hour during that period.
The proposed rule is open to a 60-day comment period, and
She said that the EPA was moving forward with its GHG limiting rules because “climate change affects every aspect of our lives, all aspects of our economy from agriculture to tourism”.
“It is clear that we must take action, and this is an important common sense step to address the real threat of climate change,” she said.
But the proposed carbon limits rule for power plants was likely to encounter resistance from both the
Whitfield, chairman of the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power, said that “President Obama and EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson are circumventing the will of Congress and the American people by moving forward with a regulation that threatens our most abundant, reliable and affordable domestic electricity source, coal”.
Coal-fired power plants account for just under half of US electricity. Whitfield’s home state of
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