Coal power phase out planned

Canada’s federal government has announced that it is planning new climate-change regulations that would phase out traditional coal-fired power. Any new coal plants would have to include carbon capture and sequestration technology. 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% of its electricity from coal-fired sources, according to the Canadian Electricity Association. 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% 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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