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Monday, July 02, 2012
Natural Gas Power Plants Appear To Be The Future
More than 250 gas-fired power plants are expected to come online between 2011 and 2015.
A new EPA proposal would limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants to 1,000 pounds per MW. Since the average coal plant emits 1,768 pounds per MW, the new rule would essentially require all new power plants fueled with coal to install an expensive carbon capture and storage (CCS) system. The torrent of new rules essentially kills the prospect of building new coal-fired generation in the U.S. Gas-fired plants, which produce 800 to 850 pounds of carbon per MW, get a reprieve from CCS.
New gas-fired plants are not required to capture any of their carbon emissions. (Power Engineering, June 2012)