29 April 2009 — Canada’s federal government is planning new climate-change regulations that would phase out traditional coal-fired power, according to the Globe and Mail newspaper. Any new coal plants would have to include carbon capture and sequestration technology, officials told the newspaper.
The government also plans to mandate emission caps on existing coal-fired power plants and enact a trading system to allow them to buy credits to meet those targets.
Canada gets 19 percent of its electricity from coal-fired sources, according to the Canadian Electricity Association. The paper said electricity users in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia could be hit hard by the new rules, as their provinces rely on coal for more than 70 percent of their power.
New regulations will be released later this year in advance of the global climate change treaty negotiations in Copenhagen.
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