Coal Pushback: Carbon Limits for New Power Plants Must Be ‘Grounded in Reality’

From: Bloomberg

The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon dioxide emissions limits for new fossil fuel-fired power plants should be reworked to be “grounded in reality,” an industry group said May 12.

By Andrea Vittorio

The proposed rule, formally issued in January, set separatestandards for coal-fired and natural gas-fired generating units. The proposed performance standard for new coal-fired units would require the use of carbon capture systems, which power companies and utility trade groups say are neither commercially available nor economically viable.

“EPA must not mandate what technology cannot deliver,” RossEisenberg, vice president of energy and resources policy at the National Association of Manufacturers, said on a media call May 12. The association’s membership includes companies from energy-intensive industries.

Public comments on the agency’s proposed source performance standards for carbon dioxide emissions from new fossil fuel-fired power plants closed May 9.

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